The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown

By Claire Ridgway

In the course of the spring of 1536 in Tudor England, occasions conspire to carry down Anne Boleyn, the Queen of britain. The coup opposed to the Queen ends up in the brutal executions of six blameless humans – Anne Boleyn herself, her brother, and 4 courtiers – and the increase of a brand new Queen.

Drawing on 16th century letters, eye witness debts and chronicles, Claire Ridgway leads the reader during the series of chilling occasions someday at a time, telling the real tale of Anne Boleyn’s fall. the autumn of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown is gifted in a diary layout, permitting readers to dip in, lookup a specific date, or learn from begin to end. exact good points comprise mini biographies of these concerned, a timeline of occasions and entire referencing.

Claire Ridgway, author of The Anne Boleyn documents site and writer of The Anne Boleyn assortment, maintains her venture to percentage the true fact approximately Anne Boleyn.

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He went directly to marry Anne of Cleves in January 1540, however the marriage used to be annulled on seventh July of a similar 12 months as a result of an alleged latest pre-contract among Anne and Francis of Lorraine. different purposes for the annulment incorporated Henry's loss of consent to the wedding and the inability of consummation. On twenty eighth July 1540, Henry VIII married his 5th spouse, Catherine Howard, yet she used to be performed at the thirteenth February after it used to be discovered that she had slept with Sir Francis Dereham prior to her marriage to the King and that she have been having an affair with Thomas Culpeper in the course of her marriage.

Courtenay was once finished on ninth January 1539 and Carew was once completed on third March 1539.. twenty fourth April 1536 – felony equipment On twenty fourth April 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor and Thomas Cromwell's correct hand guy, organize commissions of oyer and terminer at Westminster. 'Oyer and terminer' comes from the French 'to pay attention and to figure out' and denotes a felony fee shaped to enquire and prosecute severe felony offences, resembling treason, dedicated in a specific county.

The Trial regrettably, documents of this precise fee of oyer and terminer now not exist. they could were destroyed within the related fireplace that broken Sir William Kingston's letters to Cromwell in 1731, or even they have been purposely destroyed. even though, we do have a few money owed of what occurred at Westminster corridor at the twelfth might 1536. From Letters and Papers, we all know that: "Noreys, Bryerton, Weston, and Smeton have been mentioned within the custody of the constable of the Tower, whilst Smeton pleaded accountable of violation and carnal wisdom of the Queen, and positioned himself within the King's mercy.

After Cromwell's execution, he was once capable of purchase Cromwell's estate in Gloucestershire. He died at Painswick, in Gloucestershire, on 14 September 1540. eight William Latymer (1498/9-1583) In September 1538, William Latymer turned grasp of the varsity of St Laurence Pountney in London. This was once via him being given a variety of benefices in Suffolk, Kent, London and Nottingham. In 1547, he voted for clerical marriage after which married a widow, Ellen English. He used to be a important witness, besides John Hooper, within the case opposed to Bishop Edmund Bonner in 1549.

Three one other tale is informed by means of George Wyatt. Thomas used to be wonderful Anne in the future as she did needlework and playfully grabbed a jewel striking by way of a lace from her pocket. He determined to maintain it as a trophy, donning it round his neck. while the King and Wyatt have been enjoying bowls sooner or later, they argued over a shot. Wyatt declared that it used to be his, however the King declared "Wiatt, I inform thee it's mine" as he pointed to the wooden with the finger on which he wore Anne's ring. Wyatt observed the hoop and spoke back "And if it will possibly like your majesty to offer me depart to degree it, i am hoping it will likely be mine" and he took the jewel from round his neck and commenced to degree the forged with the ribbon.

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