Thursday, May 2, 2013

2 May, 1536: the Arrest of a Queen of England

Today in 1536, Anne Boleyn was summoned to stand before her husband's privy council while watching a tennis match, and was informed of adultery charges laid before her by her own uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. Mark Smeaton and Henry Norris had already 'confessed', and she was taken to the Tower of London and accommodated in the same apartments that had once been lavishly decorated for her coronation, a bit less than 3 years hence.

Again, I'll refer you to another wonderful post of Gareth Russell's, available here.

The above is an artistic representation from the 1800s of Anne Boleyn weeping in the Tower. 

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