Henry VIII,the Reign
The Royal Progress 1535
The Vyne, Sherbourne St John, Hampshire
15 Oct 1535
Onward to William Sandys’s place The Vyne at Sherborne St John. His mother was Margaret, the daughter of Sir John Cheney.
Sherborne St John was once the home of Sir Bernard Brocas, who was chamberlain to Richard II’s queen, Anne of Bohemia. She was an arch-protector of John Wycliffe and an inspiration to fellow Bohemian Jan Hus, whose sermons in turn motivated Martin Luther.
‘I was overwhelmed with astonishment’, Luther wrote of John Hus. ‘I could not understand for what cause they had burnt so great a man, who explained the Scriptures with so much gravity and skill.’
Within a few months, William Sandys would escort Anne de Boulogne from Greenwich into Sir William Kingston’s custody in the Tower of London.