4 May 1536 – Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton Arrested!

| May 4, 2011

4 May 1536 – Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton Arrested!

As predicted by The Anne Boleyn Files yesterday, Sir Francis Weston, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, has been arrested and taken to the Tower of London. We think that this is a direct consequence of Queen Anne Boleyn’s ramblings about him which we reported yesterday – click here to read that report. It is sad […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sir William Brereton

| November 19, 2009

I have written two articles about the life and fall of Sir William Brereton, one of the men who was executed for adultery with Anne Boleyn. He was not a Jesuit priest sent to assassinate Anne Boleyn, as “The Tudors” portrayed him, so find out more by reading the following articles:- Sir William Brereton Part […]

William Brereton Part 2

| November 17, 2009

William Brereton Part 2

In last week’s post, William Brereton Part 1, I introduced you to Tudor bad boy William Brereton, a man who may have been innocent of adultery with the queen but who was certainly guilty of a handful of other crimes, but he didn’t deserve to die did he? This week, I’m going to examine Brereton’s […]

William Brereton – Part 1

| November 10, 2009

William Brereton – Part 1

Today I’m going to continue my series of articles on the five men that were executed for adultery with Anne Boleyn by looking at William Brereton. I’ve really enjoyed researching Brereton because he is a fascinating character and quite different to the other men, in that he was a lot older than men like Rochford, […]