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18 May – I have a little neck

On this day in Tudor history, 18th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn's execution was postponed.

Sir William Kingston, the Constable of the Tower of London, was surprised by the queen's reaction when he informed her of the delay - why? How did Anne react? What did she say?

Find out exactly what Anne Boleyn said in this video:

For even more details, you can watch this longer video:

On this day in Tudor history, 18th May 1554, in the reign of Queen Mary I, scholar and administrator, William Thomas, was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn for his alleged involvement in Wyatt's Rebellion. It was said that he even wanted the queen assassinated.

But William Thomas was far more than a rebel, he was also the author of the first he first Italian dictionary and book of grammar to be published in English.

Find out more about him and his rather bad end...

Also on this day in history, 18th May 1497, noblewoman Catherine Woodville, Duchess of Buckingham and Bedford, died.

Who was she and how was she linked to the famous Woodvilles that rose in the reign of King Edward IV?

Find out...

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18 May – I have a little neck