28 July 1540 – The Executions of Thomas Cromwell and Walter Hungerford

| July 28, 2013

28 July 1540 – The Executions of Thomas Cromwell and Walter Hungerford

While Henry VIII was busy marrying wife number 5, his former chief minister Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, was being beheaded on Tower Hill. Cromwell had been arrested on 10th June 1540 at a council meeting, and a bill of attainder was passed against him on 29th June 1540 for the crimes of corruption, heresy […]

29 June 1536 – The Demotion of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire

| June 29, 2013

29 June 1536 – The Demotion of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire

Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded that on this day in 1536 Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and father of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal: “Item, this yeare, in Trinitie terme, the Soundaie after Corpus Christi daie, the Erie of Wilshire, Sir Thomas Bolleine, father […]

Thomas Cromwell: The Ultimate ‘Frenemy’ by Linda M. Hart

| August 26, 2011

Thomas Cromwell: The Ultimate ‘Frenemy’ by Linda M. Hart

Thomas Cromwell was the ultimate Renaissance Man. From humble beginnings as a tradesman’s son, he became the ultimate power broker in Henry VIII’s Court. He was born approximately 1485 in Putney, Surrey. He left England to become a mercenary, and, in his travels, learned several languages, developed a network of important contacts in mercantile centers […]

The Arrests of Sir Francis Weston and Sir William Brereton

| May 4, 2010

The Arrests of Sir Francis Weston and Sir William Brereton

On the afternoon of the 4th May* 1536, Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton were arrested and taken to the Tower of London. Sir Francis Weston It is thought that Weston’s arrest was down to Anne Boleyn’s ramblings in the Tower which had been reported back to Thomas Cromwell by Sir William Kingston, the Constable […]