On the one hand, this could be said to be a turning point in Jane’s relationship with the King – though truly the point had already turned, this was just an outer indication of it.
On this day in 1536, Jane was given her own apartments at court, so that she would no longer have to serve Queen Anne Boleyn. Up until the day before (or perhaps the day itself), the apartments had been Thomas Cromwell’s. We don’t know whether the idea to give them up was Cromwell’s own, or came from a request made by the King. We do know from Chapuys’ reports that a special feature of these apartments was that the King could reach them “by certain galleries without being seen.” We also know that on the day she got those apartments, Chapuys went to see Cromwell “at a very fine house the King has given him well furnished, three leagues from [court].”
Interestingly, Jane was not given much opportunity to enjoy the apartments. Only a week later, on April 24th, the King appointed Lord Chancellor Audley, some judges and nobles (including Norfolk and Thomas Boleyn) to investigate certain unspecified activities which might result in charges of treason. Around then, Jane retired from court so as not to be there while the trap closed against Anne Boleyn…
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