On this day in 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had just eleven days left to live. Everything was happening so fast.

Whenever I talk or write about 8th May 1536, I’m always left with a feeling of complete disgust.


Because on 8th May 1536, before the queen and the men had even been tried, before indictments had even been drawn up, courtiers were considering what spoils there might be from their falls and how they could benefit. And they weren’t keeping these awful thoughts and hopes to themselves, they were taking action…

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And today’s normal “on this day” video is about one of my favourite Tudor sources, chronicler and Windsor Herald, Charles Wriothesley:

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