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4 May 1536 – The Arrests of Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton

| May 4, 2015

4 May 1536 – The Arrests of Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton

Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were already imprisoned in the Tower of London and this day in history, 4th May 1536, saw two others being apprehended and added to their number: Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton. Francis Weston was the son of Sir Richard […]

30 May 1533 – The Creation of New Knights of the Bath

| May 30, 2013

30 May 1533 – The Creation of New Knights of the Bath

As part of the celebrations for Queen Anne Boleyn’s Coronation in 1533, eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath. You can read all about this ceremony and the men who were chosen in my article 30th May 1533 – The Knights of the Bath, but the list of men included Sir Francis Weston, who […]

16 May 1536 – George Boleyn, Sir Francis Weston, Sir Henry Norris, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton Prepare for Death

| May 16, 2013

16 May 1536 – George Boleyn, Sir Francis Weston, Sir Henry Norris, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton Prepare for Death

On this day in 1536, the five men condemned to death for high treason prepared for their executions, which were scheduled for the following day. Sir William Kingston wrote to Thomas Cromwell on 16th May regarding preparations for the building of the scaffold for Anne Boleyn’s execution and mentioning that the men were waiting to […]

4 May 1536 – A Wife’s Letter, Further Arrests and a Queen Cruelly Handled

| May 4, 2013

4 May 1536 – A Wife’s Letter, Further Arrests and a Queen Cruelly Handled

Following the arrest of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, his wife, Jane, wrote him a letter of comfort, promising to “humbly [make] suit unto the king’s highness”1 for him. This meant that she was going to petition the King on George’s behalf. There is no record of her doing so, but then the records from this […]

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer Writes to the King

| May 3, 2013

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer Writes to the King

On 3rd May 1536, a very shocked Archbishop Thomas Cranmer wrote to King Henry VIII regarding his patron Anne Boleyn’s arrest. Here is his letter: “Have come to Lambeth, according to Mr. Secretary’s letters, to know your Grace’s pleasure. Dare not, contrary to the said letters, presume to come to your presence, but of my […]

17th May 1536 – Remembering the Five Men

| May 17, 2012

17th May 1536 – Remembering the Five Men

Today is the anniversary of the executions of Henry Norris, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston, Mark Smeaton and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. I find it a sad day because these men were innocent victims of a plot against the Queen. They were dragged into something they didn’t deserve to be and ended their days on […]

4th May 1536 – Further Arrests

| May 4, 2012

4th May 1536 – Further Arrests

There were three events on this day in 1536, in the plot against Anne Boleyn:- The arrest of Sir William Brereton The arrest of Sir Francis Weston A letter sent from Lady Jane Rochford to her husband, George Boleyn, in the Tower You can find out more about these events over at The Fall of […]

3rd May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer Writes a Letter and Weston is Implicated

| May 3, 2012

3rd May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer Writes a Letter and Weston is Implicated

3rd May 1536 was not a good day for Sir Francis Weston, gentleman of the privy chamber, talented lute player and sportsman. It was on this day in 1536 that he was implicated by the Queen’s own words in the Tower. Poor man! He was arrested the next day. Also, on this day, a very […]