24 April 1536 – Treason Afoot at Court?

| April 24, 2011

24 April 1536 – Treason Afoot at Court?

Here at The Anne Boleyn Files we have just heard some interesting news from our court informant. It appears that Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas Audley has set up two commissions of ‘Oyer and Terminer’ at Westminster, for offences carried out in the counties of Kent and Middlesex. As you know, these commissions are used “to […]

12th May 1536 – 4 Men and a Trial

| May 12, 2010

12th May 1536 – 4 Men and a Trial

On this day in history, the 12th May 1536, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton were tried at a special scommission of oyer and terminer, just a day after the Grand Jury of Kent had assembled and only eight days after Weston and Brereton had been arrested; the legal machinery had […]

Oyer and Terminer – The Beginning of the End?

| April 24, 2010

Oyer and Terminer – The Beginning of the End?

On this day in history, the 24th April 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor and Thomas Cromwell’s right hand man, set up two commissions of oyer and terminer at Westminster. What’s an oyer and terminer? Here is the definition of “oyer and terminer” from wikipedia:- “Oyer and terminer is a term originating in […]