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What Happened in May 1536

Historical Events


ExecutionExecution of Anne Boleyn

May 2 Anne Boleyn is arrested and taken to the Tower of London
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Anne Boleyn is beheaded after a four day show trial
Anne Boleyn is beheaded after a four day show trial

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 15 Anne Boleyn and her brother George, Lord Rochford, accused of adultery and incest

  • May 17 Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" executed shortly before her own beheading
  • May 19 Anne Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason
  • May 23 Pope Paul III installs Portuguese inquisition

Famous Birthdays

  • May 10 Thomas Howard, 4th duke of Norfolk, English Earl Marshall

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

May 30 English King Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour, his 3rd wife

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

Famous Deaths

  • May 17 George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, English brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded after being tried and convicted for high treason and incest at 32

BattleAnne Boleyn

May 19 Anne Boleyn, Queen of England (1533-36), second wife of Henry VIII, beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason aged between 28 to 35