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Tudor Minute May 11, 1536: Coup against Anne Boleyn

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for May 11.

Today in 1536 we have more movement in the coup against Anne Boleyn. The Grand Jury of Kent met – on the 10th they had met at Middlesex, so this was a similar meeting for Kent.

They met in front of Sir John Baldwin (Chief Justice of the Common Pleas), Sir Walter Luke and five other Justices. They were to rule on the alleged crimes of the Queen and the arrested men for the events that were committed in Kent – specifically at Greenwich Palace and Eltham Palace.

Here’s a sample:
“Record of indictment and process before Baldewyn, Luke, and others, in co. Kent.

The indictment found at Deptford, on Thursday, 11 May 28 Hen. VIII., is precisely similar in character to the Middlesex indictment, except as regards times and places; viz., that the Queen at Estgrenewyche [East Greenwich], 12 Nov. 25 Hen. VIII., and divers days before and since, allured one Hen. Noreys, late of Est Grenewyche, to violate her, whereby he did so on the 19 Nov., &c.; that on 22 Dec. 27 Hen. VIII., and divers other days, at Eltham, she allured Geo. Boleyn, lord Rocheford, &c., whereby he did so, 29 Dec., &c.; that on the 16 Nov. 25 Hen. VIII., and divers, &c., at Est Grenewyche, she allured one Will. Bryerton, late of Est Grenewyche, &c., whereby he did so, 27 Nov., &c.; that on the 6 June 26 Hen. VIII., &c., at Est Grenewyche, she allured Sir Fras. Weston, &c., whereby he did so, 20 June, &c.; that on the 13 May 26 Hen. VIII. &c., at Est Grenewyche, she allured Mark Smeton, &c., whereby he did so, 19 May 26 Hen. VIII.

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