On 30th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had just 19 days to live and everything was moving quickly.

On 30th April 1536, court musician Mark Smeaton was arrested and taken to the home of the king’s master secretary and right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell. What happened to the lowly Smeaton in those next hours, we don’t know for sure, but he ended up making a confession.

And also on this day in 1536, a theologian reported witnessing an argument between King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. Find out more about these two events on this day in history, in the lead-up to Anne Boleyn’s execution, in this video:

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And today’s normal “on this day” video is on Thomas Audley, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, who played a part in Anne Boleyn’s fall:

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