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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 […]

Anne Boleyn: A Cheat who Deserved Death? I Don’t Think So!

| February 24, 2012

Anne Boleyn: A Cheat who Deserved Death? I Don’t Think So!

Today’s article has been inspired by a comment left on the website overnight, a comment which read “Anne Boleyn was cheating on the king and was disrespectful, she deserved to be killed.” Yep, I’m on my soapbox! Now, everyone has their own point of view and I have nothing against the person who left that comment […]

17 May 1536 – The Executions of Norris, Weston, Brereton and Smeaton

| May 17, 2011

17 May 1536 – The Executions of Norris, Weston, Brereton and Smeaton

Following on from our report on the execution of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, we continue with the executions of the other four men found guilty of adultery with the Queen and treason. Thomas Wyatt, the poet who is at this very moment himself imprisoned in the Tower of London has written a poem about their […]

12th May 1536 – The Trial of Norris, Weston, Brereton and Smeaton

| May 12, 2011

12th May 1536 – The Trial of Norris, Weston, Brereton and Smeaton

Today there has been a huge miscarriage of justice in our land and we now know that there is no absolutely no hope for Queen Anne Boleyn. Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Sir Francis Weston were all taken today by barge from the Tower of London to Westminster Hall to appear in […]

The Middlesex and Kent Indictments – Do the Dates of the Alleged Crimes Make Sense?

| May 11, 2011

The Middlesex and Kent Indictments – Do the Dates of the Alleged Crimes Make Sense?

In my articles on the indictments last May, I discussed the views of the historians Eric Ives, Alison Weir and G W Bernard on the dates given for the alleged offences committed by Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, Mark Smeaton and George Boleyn. Here is an extract from that article:- […]

11th May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Kent Meets at Westminster

| May 11, 2011

11th May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Kent Meets at Westminster

Just as the Grand Jury of Middlesex met at Westminster yesterday, the Grand Jury of Kent met today in front of Chief Justice John Baldwin and six of his colleagues at Deptford. They met to rule on the alleged crimes committed by Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry Norris, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston, George Boleyn (Lord […]

10 May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Middlesex Meets at Westminster

| May 10, 2011

10 May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Middlesex Meets at Westminster

News has just come in from Westminster that Giles Heron, foreman of the Grand Jury of Middlesex and son-in-law of the late Sir Thomas More, has announced that the jury have decided that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the accused are guilty of the alleged crimes carried out at Hampton Court Palace and […]