When I was learning about history in school, the one piece of information that I remember about Tudor history is that Anne Boleyn was a traitor. She was the first English Queen to be beheaded but certainly wasn’t the last. After delving further into research about her, I found out the names of the men convicted of adultery with her – and Mark Smeaton was one of them.
Mark Smeaton is an interesting character. First of all, he was the only one to confess to the charges. Second of all, he was the only non-nobleman so only one that could have been tortured under 16th century law. It begs the question as to whether he really was guilty of the crimes. With the date of his arrest coming up (April 30th, 1536), I’m taking this time to look at the dates that he “had carnal knowledge” of Queen Anne to determine whether they were possible.