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May 19 – A queen is executed, Henry VIII gets a dispensation, and Elizabeth is released from the Tower

On this day in Tudor history, 19th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was executed within the confines of the Tower of London.

It must have been an incredibly hard day for the queen's friend, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. Not only did he have a visit from a friend regarding a terrifying vision, in the early hours... Not only did he have to cope with the idea of his friend and patron being beheaded, but he had to issue a dispensation for the king to marry again!

Find out more in this video...

And here's my video on Anne's execution...

Also on this day in history, 19th May 1554, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Elizabeth, was released from the Tower of London after two months of imprisonment.

Elizabeth wasn't free, though, she was released into house arrest.

Why? Why had she been imprisoned in the Tower and what happened next?

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May 19 – A queen is executed, Henry VIII gets a dispensation, and Elizabeth is released from the Tower