17th May 1536 -The Deaths of 5 Men and a Marriage Destroyed

| May 17, 2010

17th May 1536 -The Deaths of 5 Men and a Marriage Destroyed

On the 17th May 1536, Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, Mark Smeaton, William Brereton and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford were led out of the Tower of London to a scaffold which had been erected on Tower Hill. I cannot imagine how they felt as they surveyed the scene and realised that death was closing in […]

11th May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Kent

| May 11, 2010

11th May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Kent

On this day in history, the 11th May 1536, the Grand Jury of Kent assembled before Chief Justice John Baldwin and his six colleagues at Deptford. Like the Grand Jury of Middlesex the day before, the Kent Jury found a true bill against the accused on all charges pertaining to the crimes committed at Greenwich […]

The Vultures Gather

| May 9, 2010

The Vultures Gather

As I read through Letters and Papers to look at primary source evidence for the events leading up to the execution of Anne Boleyn on the 19th May 1536, it sickens me to see how the vultures were gathering to ensure that they had their share of the spoils even before the trials of Anne […]

In Mourning Wise Since Daily I Increase

| October 28, 2009

Thomas Wyatt wrote this poem to honour the five men that were executed for adultery with Anne Boleyn. It implies that Wyatt thought that these men were innocent. In Mourning wise since daily I increase In Mourning wise since daily I increase, Thus should I cloak the cause of all my grief; So pensive mind […]

May 17, 1536 – Executions of George Boleyn and Others

| May 17, 2009

On this day in 1536, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston and George Boleyn were all beheaded by axe on Tower Hill. The first four had all been sentenced to hanging, drawing and quartering, but the King commuted their sentences to beheading. Thomas Wyatt reported that George Boleyn made a speech defending […]

Execution Speeches

| May 17, 2009

According to Thomas Wyatt, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford (brother of Anne Boleyn), said at his execution:- “Trust in God, and not in the vanities of the world, for if I had so done, I think I had been alive as ye be now. Men do common and say that I have been a setter-forth of […]