April 23, 1536

April 23th, 1536:  Cromwell, claiming sickness, has been away from court for five days.  On this day he emerges from his solitude, and speaks to Henry.  We have no record of what was said.  But Alison Weir believes that the illness was a ruse, that during his retreat he carefully plotted Anne’s downfall, and that what he told the king on April 23 were the deadly rumors about Anne that eventually led to her arrest and trial. Many scholars nowadays concur that Cromwell was the master engineer of Anne’s downfall.  Do you agree?

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