18 May 1536 – Postponement, Preparation and Prayer

| May 18, 2014

18 May 1536 – Postponement, Preparation and Prayer

On the night of 17th May 1536, while the carpenters built her scaffold within the grounds of the Tower of London, Anne Boleyn prepared herself for her execution, which had been scheduled for 9am on the 18th. At 2am, her almoner John Skip (some say her confessor Father Thirwell) arrived to pray with her. She […]

16 May 1536 – The Men Prepare for Death

| May 16, 2014

16 May 1536 – The Men Prepare for Death

On 16th May 1536, George Boleyn, Sir Francis Weston, Sir Henry Norris, Sir William Brereton and Mark Smeaton prepared for their deaths by confessing their sins to Dr Allryge (or Alridge), the chaplain sent to them. Sir Francis Weston wrote out a list of his debts, which can be found in Letters and Papers, and […]

3 May 1536 – Sir William Kingston Reports Back to Cromwell on Anne Boleyn

| May 3, 2014

3 May 1536 – Sir William Kingston Reports Back to Cromwell on Anne Boleyn

On 3rd May 1536, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, wrote his first report to Thomas Cromwell regarding Anne Boleyn’s imprisonment in the Tower of London. The ladies appointed to serve Anne during her imprisonment had been ordered to act as spies and report to Lady Kingston what the Queen said. Lady […]

18 May – Anne Boleyn’s Execution is Postponed

| May 18, 2013

18 May – Anne Boleyn’s Execution is Postponed

Most people know that Anne Boleyn was executed on 19th May 1536, but what not many people realise is that her execution was actually scheduled for 18th May and 9am. Anne had prepared for her death. She had been praying since 2am with her almoner1 and she celebrated mass with Archbishop Cranmer just after dawn. […]