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Sir Thomas Wyatt competed with Henry VIII for the affections of Anne Boleyn

Sir Thomas Wyatt’s Dorset Connection

Even if you’ve never heard of Wyatt, a diplomat and a brilliant poet, or you’ve never read a word of Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning novel Wolf Hall or seen a minute of the BBC’s recent adaptation of Wolf Hall, you can probably guess what happened next…

In 1533, Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn.

Three years later, Wyatt was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Soon after, Anne Boleyn was executed, probably within sight of Wyatt’s cell.

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