Thomas Cromwell, A Revolutionary Life: England in 1536

  • “Anne Boleyn died on 19 May, beheaded in the Tower of London before a thousand spectators . . . Like her brother a couple of days before, she died with dignity . . . ” Thomas Cromwell, who hated her (though being careful to appear an ally in the early part of their acquaintance), was seated “close to the scaffold.”
  • One of Thomas Cromwell’s servants was overheard saying in a London inn “that, while the Queen was beheaded, the King ‘consoled himself with another woman in a secluded country house, the gates shut on royal orders to all except councilors and secretaries.”
  • “On 30 May 1536, eleven days after Anne Boleyn’s execution, King Henry married Jane Seymour . . . “
  • “A day after the King’s new wedding,” spoils were “distributed from the wreck of the Boleyn fortunes”: a property belonging to Anne’s brother, Hatfield Park, was forfeited and given to his father-in-law.

This all seems so barbarous and cruel.

Stay tuned.


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