On this day in history, 16th May 1536, the day after her trial, Queen Anne Boleyn was visited by her good friend, Archbishop Cranmer. Following his visit, the queen was suddenly optimistic about her fate and seemed to think she might receive mercy.

What on earth was going on?

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And today’s normal “on this day” video is about Tudor navigator William Adams, the first Englishman to have reached Japan, and the inspiration for the character of John Blackthorne in the famous novel Shōgun.

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