22 July – Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond

| July 22, 2011

22 July – Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond

On the 22nd July 1536*, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, eighteen year old Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, died at St James’s Palace, probably of tuberculosis. Burial arrangements were left to the Duke of Norfolk, who arranged for Fitzroy to be buried at Thetford Priory in Norfolk. He was later moved to St Michael’s Church, Framlingham, […]

8 May 1536 – Clamouring for the Spoils

| May 8, 2011

8 May 1536 – Clamouring for the Spoils

Queen Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, George Boleyn (Lord Rochford), Sir Richard Page and Sir Thomas Wyatt are all in prison and, as yet, have not been to trial, yet courtiers are already clamouring over the spoils that may result from their fall from grace. It really is sickening […]

The Vultures Gather

| May 9, 2010

The Vultures Gather

As I read through Letters and Papers to look at primary source evidence for the events leading up to the execution of Anne Boleyn on the 19th May 1536, it sickens me to see how the vultures were gathering to ensure that they had their share of the spoils even before the trials of Anne […]