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7 May 1536 – William Latymer Searched at Sandwich

| May 7, 2013

7 May 1536 – William Latymer Searched at Sandwich

On Sunday 7th May 1536, William Latymer, one of Queen Anne Boleyn’s chaplains, was stopped and searched on his arrival back in England at Sandwich, in Kent. He was returning from a business visit to Flanders, a visit he had undertaken on behalf of the Queen. A letter from the Mayor and Jurates of Sandwich […]

6th May 1536 – From my Doleful Prison

| May 6, 2012

6th May 1536 – From my Doleful Prison

On 6th May 1536, it is said that Anne Boleyn wrote a letter to her husband, King Henry VIII, from her “doleful Prison the Tower. The letter was headed with the words “To the King from the Lady in the Tower”, alleged to have been written by Thomas Cromwell. Find out more in my article […]

Escape from the Tower iPhone App

| December 17, 2010

Escape from the Tower iPhone App

I’ve just received the following press release from Historic Royal Palaces about their new iPhone app “Escape from the Tower” game which is available for free download from today at the Apple app store: http://tinyurl.com/35f26l7:- Visitors to the Tower of London will be able to actively participate in some of its most infamous and audacious […]

19th May 1536 – I Have a Little Neck: The Execution of Anne Boleyn

| May 19, 2010

19th May 1536 – I Have a Little Neck: The Execution of Anne Boleyn

At dawn on the 19th May 1536, Anne celebrated the Mass for the last time, receiving the Sacrament from her almoner, John Skip. She then ate breakfast at 7am and waited to hear Sir William Kingston’s footsteps outside her door. At 8am, the Constable appeared, informing Anne that the hour of her death was near […]

From Tennis to Tower – Anne Boleyn is Arrested

| May 2, 2010

From Tennis to Tower – Anne Boleyn is Arrested

At dawn on the 2nd May 1536 Henry Norris, Henry VIII’s Groom of the Stool and great friend, was taken to the Tower of London. Mark Smeaton had also been taken there and Chapuys wrote to Charles V on the 2nd May telling him that:- “The Concubine’s brother, named Rochefort, has also been lodged in […]