17th May 1536 -The Deaths of 5 Men and a Marriage Destroyed

| May 17, 2010

17th May 1536 -The Deaths of 5 Men and a Marriage Destroyed

On the 17th May 1536, Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, Mark Smeaton, William Brereton and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford were led out of the Tower of London to a scaffold which had been erected on Tower Hill. I cannot imagine how they felt as they surveyed the scene and realised that death was closing in […]

11th May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Kent

| May 11, 2010

11th May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Kent

On this day in history, the 11th May 1536, the Grand Jury of Kent assembled before Chief Justice John Baldwin and his six colleagues at Deptford. Like the Grand Jury of Middlesex the day before, the Kent Jury found a true bill against the accused on all charges pertaining to the crimes committed at Greenwich […]

May 17, 1536 – Executions of George Boleyn and Others

| May 17, 2009

May 17, 1536 – Executions of George Boleyn and Others

On this day in 1536, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston and George Boleyn were all beheaded by axe on Tower Hill. The first four had all been sentenced to hanging, drawing and quartering, but the King commuted their sentences to beheading. Thomas Wyatt reported that George Boleyn made a speech defending […]