On 3rd May 1536, a very shocked Archbishop Thomas Cranmer wrote to King Henry VIII regarding his patron Anne Boleyn’s arrest. In his letter, he writes “I am clean amazed, for I had never better opinion of woman”, but tempers this with “but I think your Highness would not have gone so far if she had not been culpable”, so as not to offend the King.
He added a postscript after seeing “my lords Chancellor, Oxford, Sussex, and my Lord Chamberlain of your Grace’s house” in the Star Chamber and being told of the evidence against Anne:-
“I am sorry such faults can be proved against the Queen as they report.”
Also on this day in 1536, Sir William Kingston reported to Thomas Cromwell that Queen Anne Boleyn had told her ladies in the Tower that “she more feared Weston”. She elaborated, explaining that she had reprimanded Weston, a gentleman of the privy chamber, for loving her relative, Mistress Shelton, and not his wife, and he “made answer to her again that he loved on in her house better than them both”. When Anne asked who, he replied “It is yourself”. The Queen then “defied him”. This was to be Sir Francis Weston’s undoing and he joined Sir Henry Norris, Mark Smeaton and George Boleyn in the Tower the following day.