Wednesday, May 13, 2015

13 May 1536 A.D. Foregone conclusion—Anne Boleyn’s household broken up

13 May 1536 A.D. Foregone conclusion—Anne Boleyn’s household broken up

Sir William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton and Treasurer of the Household.

Ridgeway, Claire. “13 May 1536—Queen Anne Boleyn’s household is broken up.” The Anne Boleyn Files. 13 May 2015. Accessed 13 May 2015.

13 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s household is broken up

Posted By Claire on May 13, 2015

On 13th May 1536, Sir William Fitzwilliam, Treasurer of the King’s Household, and Sir William Paulet, Comptroller of the Household, broke up the Queen’s household at Greenwich and discharged her staff.1

Anne had not even been tried yet, but four of her alleged lovers and conspirators had been found guilty so her guilt was a done deal.

Some of Anne’s servants were only discharged temporarily, some of them went on to serve Jane Seymour, who became queen eleven days after Anne’s execution. Those who served both Anne and Jane included William Coffin, Anne’s master of the horse; Sir Edward Baynton, Anne’s vice chamberlain; John Smith, Anne’s surveyor; Jane Boleyn, Anne’s sister-in-law; Anne Gainsford, Lady Zouche; Bess Holland and Margery Horsman.

Notes and Sources

1.  Wriothesley, A Chronicle of England During the Reigns of the Tudors, from A.D. 1485 to 1559, 37. The notes in Wriothesley’s Chronicle name Sir Edward Poynings as Comptroller, which is why I have always stated that here, but after further research I found that Poynings served in this position until 1519 and died in 1521.

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