The Execution of Anne Boleyn ~ May 19, 1536

The Freelance History Writer is a brilliant blog that I follow. Thought that this was an interesting post in the light of the day school on Thomas Cromwell that I taught this week. Lots of great detail.

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Queen Anne Boleyn Queen Anne Boleyn

On May 10th and 11th of 1536, the Grand Juries of Middlesex and Kent had arraigned Queen Anne Boleyn on various charges. These included adultery with Sir Henry Norris, Sir William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston and musician Mark Smeaton. She was also charged with incest with her brother George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. There were charges of plotting the King’s death with some of these men along with giving them gifts.

On May 15, in the King’s Hall in the Tower of London, Anne went to trial. The court was presided over by her uncle the Duke of Norfolk in his capacity as lord steward. She was formerly charged with treason, adultery, incest and plotting the king’s death to which she pleaded not guilty. After a pretense of proceedings during which Anne defended herself admirably, she was found guilty of all charges. Norfolk pronounced the sentence of death…

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