Most impressive to modern minds ignorant of the reality of Hell must be Norris choosing death rather than admit to Anne’s dishonour. William Brereton, too, insisted on his innocence. Before he was arrested, his old school companion, George Constantine, ‘did ask him and was bold upon him’, and the answer Brereton gave was 'that there was no way but one with any matter [alleged against him].’ His wife certainly believed him; in her will, nine years later, she bequeathed to her son 'one bracelet of gold, the which was the last token his father sent me.’
On Wednesday, 17th May 1536 George Boleyn, Henry Norris, Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were executed in the Tower of London. The men were accused of sleeping with the Queen and instead of being hanged or drawn and quartered, they were beheaded, the same fate Anne had two days later. The first to be executed was George Boleyn as he was the highest in rank.