The Tudor Society

26 January – Justice Spelman and Anne Boleyn’s trial

On this day in Tudor history, 26th January 1546, judge of assize and law reporter, Sir John Spelman, died.

Now, you may never have heard of Justice John Spelman, but his reports on the legal cases of people like Queen Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas More, Bishop John Fisher and Cardinal Thomas Wolsey have been very useful to historians - a wonderful resource.

Let me tell you more about Sir John Spelman and what he had to say about Anne Boleyn's trial.

Find out more about Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, in my video Jane Boleyn - Did she help bring down Anne Boleyn?

Also on this day in Tudor history, 26th January 1554, Queen Mary I wrote to her half-sister, Elizabeth, summoning her to court and warning her about Wyatt's Rebellion. Find out how Elizabeth reacted in last year's video:

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