The 30th April 1536 was a busy day at the English court. Firstly, the King and Queen’s upcoming visit to Calais was cancelled and arrangements were set in motion for the King to go alone a week later. Secondly, the King and Queen had an argument, an event which was witnessed by the Scottish theologian Alexander Alesius, who later told Elizabeth I:

“Never shall I forget the sorrow which I felt when I saw the most serene queen, your most religious mother, carrying you, still a baby, in her arms and entreating the most serene king your father, in Greenwich Palace, from the open window of which he was looking into the courtyard.”

He also reported “protracted” council meetings going on that day, and that “it was most obvious to everyone that some deep and difficult question was being discussed.”

Thirdly, Mark Smeaton, a musician who Anne Boleyn had recently reprimanded for mooning over her, was apprehended and taken to Thomas Cromwell’s house in Stepney to be interrogated. It was the beginning of the end…

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3 Responses to “30th April 1536 – An Argument and an Arrest”

  1. Lyn-Marie says:

    I recall this scene very well in both the Tudors and the Other Boleyn Girl and there is a Victorian romantic portrait that captures this good bye to Elizabeth and her attempt to get Henry to see sense. With Elizabeth in her arms Anne goes to Henry and begs him to give her and their marriage one last chance, for the sake of Elizabeth. Whatever Henry’s feelings about Anne, he was very fond of ‘his Elizabeth’ who looked very much like Anne. She also had Tudor whit and intellect and red hair and temper. Anne had her baby in her arms and she begged him to listen to her, but he must now have been told ‘the truth’ for he could not and would not.

    Anne must have realised that she was in danger and heard of the arrest of Mark Smeaton. She must also have feared the worst, and wanted both to say farewell to her daughter and to beg Henry to recall that once he loved her, for the sake of their daughter. A very sad, but beautiful, lonely scene.

  2. Cynthia Layne says:

    Apparently we don’t know exactly what was said, other than the Queen was “entreating” Henry. Anne may have known much more than we realize.

  3. Dawn 1st says:

    I suppose this argument may not have had anything to do with approaching events at all, they did seem to have a lot of ‘tiffs’ in their relationship. Could have been provoked by Henry, to keep his momentum up for the start of the end…..Something that we will never know I guess.

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