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24 April 1536 – The legal machinery begins – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| April 24, 2019

24 April 1536 – The legal machinery begins – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

As promised, here is the first video in my “The Fall of Anne Boleyn” video series for the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel. I’ll be doing these every day, up to an including 19th May. On this day in 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII, set up two […]

Lord Chancellor Audley and the commissions of oyer and terminer of 1536

| April 24, 2018

On this day in history, 24th April 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, set up two commissions of oyer and terminer, one for the county of Middlesex and the other for Kent. These commissions were used to investigate and prosecute serious crimes, including treason. On 10th May 1536, the Grand Jury of […]

24 April 1536 – Legal commissions are set up

| April 24, 2017

On this day in history, 24th April 1536, two commissions of oyer and terminer were set up by Sir Thomas Audley, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, for the counties of Middlesex and Kent. “What on earth were commissions of oyer and terminer?” You may ask. Well, the term came from the French for “to hear and […]

24 April 1536 – Sir Thomas Audley sets up special commissions

| April 24, 2016

24 April 1536 – Sir Thomas Audley sets up special commissions

.On 24th April 1536, six days before the first arrest in the fall of Anne Boleyn, two commissions of oyer and terminer were set up by Sir Thomas Audley, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, for the counties of Middlesex and Kent. ‘Oyer and terminer’ comes from the French ‘to hear and to determine’ and denotes a […]

24 April 1536 – Legal commissions set up by Sir Thomas Audley

| April 24, 2015

24 April 1536 – Legal commissions set up by Sir Thomas Audley

On 24th April 1536, two commissions of oyer and terminer were set up by Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor. ‘Oyer and terminer’ comes from the French ‘to hear and to determine’ and denotes a legal commission formed to investigate and prosecute serious criminal offences, such as treason, committed in a particular county. These particular commissions […]

24 April 1536 – Two Commissions of Oyer and Terminer Set Up

| April 24, 2014

24 April 1536 – Two Commissions of Oyer and Terminer Set Up

On 24th April 1536, Henry VIII approved the setting up of two commissions of oyer and terminer by Sir Thomas Audley, his Lord Chancellor and Thomas Cromwell’s right hand man. ‘Oyer and terminer’ comes from the French ‘to hear and to determine’ and denotes a legal commission formed to investigate and prosecute serious criminal offences, […]

24 April 1536 – Treason Afoot at Court?

| April 24, 2011

24 April 1536 – Treason Afoot at Court?

Here at The Anne Boleyn Files we have just heard some interesting news from our court informant. It appears that Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas Audley has set up two commissions of ‘Oyer and Terminer’ at Westminster, for offences carried out in the counties of Kent and Middlesex. As you know, these commissions are used “to […]

Oyer and Terminer – The Beginning of the End?

| April 24, 2010

Oyer and Terminer – The Beginning of the End?

On this day in history, the 24th April 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor and Thomas Cromwell’s right hand man, set up two commissions of oyer and terminer at Westminster. What’s an oyer and terminer? Here is the definition of “oyer and terminer” from wikipedia:- “Oyer and terminer is a term originating in […]