On 10th May 1536, Giles Heron, foreman of the Grand Jury of Middlesex and son-in-law of the late Sir Thomas More, announced that the jury had decided that there was sufficient evidence to suggest that Anne Boleyn, George Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston and Sir William Brereton were guilty of the alleged crimes carried out at Hampton Court Palace and Whitehall, and that they should be indicted and sent to trial before a jury.
I go into full details on the indictment in my book but the language used in the indictment aimed to shock. Anne Boleyn was described as “seduced by evil”, as having malice in her heart, and having “frail and carnal appetites”. The indictment also went into detail on the incest charge, accusing Anne of seducing her brother George by “alluring him with her tongue”.
Five men were named as committing adultery with the Queen – Sir Henry Norris, Mark Smeaton, Sir Francis Weston, Sir William Brereton and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford – and they were also all accused of conspiring to kill the King. The indictment ended with the words “And thus the said Queen and the other traitors aforesaid have committed their treasons in contempt of the Crown, and of the issue and heirs of the said King and Queen”.
Also, on this day in 1536, Sir William Kingston, the Constable of the Tower of London, was ordered “to bring up the bodies of Sir Francis Weston, knt. Henry Noreys, esq.William Bryerton, esq. and Mark Smeton,gent. at Westminster, on Friday next after three weeks of Easter”, i.e. on 12th May. This would be the day of their trial.
Read more in The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown