23rd April 1500
Alexander Ales (born Alexander Allane or Alan), Scottish theologian and reformer, was born in Edinburgh.
He briefly attended the court of King Henry VIII and he thought very highly of Anne Boleyn and he was in London during the circumstances of her downfall, although he believed that she was not guilty of adultery or any of the crimes for which she was executed. In the reign of Anne Boleyn's daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, he wrote a letter to the new Queen detailing his memories of her mother's final weeks in power.
“Never shall I forget the sorrow which I felt when I saw the most serene queen, your most religious mother, carrying you, still a baby, in her arms and entreating the most serene king your father, in Greenwich Palace, from the open window of which he was looking into the courtyard, when she brought you to him. I did not perfectly understand what had been going on, but the faces and gestures of the speakers plainly showed that the king was angry, although he could conceal his anger wonderfully well. Yet from the protracted conference of the council (for whom the crowd was waiting until it was quite dark, expecting that they would return to London), it was most obvious to everyone that some deep and difficult question was being discussed.” Picture
Line engraving of Alexander Ales by Ruffonus, 1657, Wellcome Images.
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