Passion Sunday 1533 – Thomas Cranmer becomes Archbishop of Canterbury

Posted By on March 30, 2015

Thomas_Cranmer_by_Gerlach_FlickeOn 30th March 1533, Passion Sunday, Thomas Cranmer, Archdeacon of Taunton, was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury in St Stephen’s College, Westminster Palace.

As Beth von Staats points out in her forthcoming book Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell, “To insure the king’s ultimate authority over the clergy in England, Cranmer swore to two completely inconsistent oaths, one to the Pope as tradition prescribed, the other to the monarch.” You can read more about this and the “protestation” Cranmer made before taking his oath, in my article 30 March 1533 – Thomas Cranmer Became Archbishop of Canterbury.

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April Tudor Life Magazine

Posted By on March 27, 2015

Tudor Life AprilJust to let you know that the April edition of Tudor Life, the monthly magazine of the Tudor Society, is out now. You can view a ‘taster’ of it over on The Tudor Society website – click here – and this month’s feature articles include:

  • Thomas Cromwell: Political schemer or party animal? By Tracy Borman
  • Arbella Stuart and Hardwick Hall by Sarah Gristwood
  • Passion and Despair 1507-9: Catherine Aragon and Fray Diego by Amy Licence
  • Katherine Willoughby, a seventh wife for King Henry VIII? By David Baldwin
  • ‘April is the cruelest month’ by Janet Wertman
  • All the long gone queens by Ruth Stacey
  • Photo spread on Little Moreton Hall by Frank Brassington

As well as articles from our regular contributors: Beth von Staats, Gareth Russell, Jane Moulder of Piva, Melanie Taylor, Kyra Kramer, Charlie Fenton and little old me!

Historian Derek Wilson is our expert speaker for April over at the Tudor Society and he’s prepared a wonderful talk for us. You can find out more about the Society at https://www.tudorsociety.com

Do remember to check out the Tudor Society Anne Boleyn quiz if you haven’t already – click here.

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25 March – Lady Day

25 March – Lady Day

The Tudor tradition of Lady Day keeps Tudor historians and researchers on their toes, and causes confusion when dating events which happened between 1st January and 24th March. “Why?”, you may ask. Well, because in Tudor times the new calendar year did not start on 1st January, it started on 25th March, Lady Day or […]

24 March 1603 – The Death of Queen Elizabeth I

24 March 1603 – The Death of Queen Elizabeth I

In the early hours of 24th March 1603, after a reign of 44 years and 127 days, Queen Elizabeth I died at Richmond Palace at the age of sixty-nine. You can read all about her death, including a primary source account, in my article 24 March 1603 – Death of Elizabeth I and you read […]

Richard III Reinterment Week

Richard III Reinterment Week

This week really is Richard III week and it kicked off yesterday with Richard III’s final journey to Leicester Cathedral. The hearse carrying Richard III’s remains, which were in a lead envelope inside a coffin made of English oak by Michael Ibsen, a descendant of Anne of York, travelled from the University of Leicester to […]

23 March 1534 – The First Act of Succession

23 March 1534 – The First Act of Succession

On the very same day that the Pope pronounced sentence on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, ruling in Catherine’s favour and pronouncing it valid, Parliament in England passed the First Act of Succession declaring the validity of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn and recognising the rights of their issue to inherit the […]

21 March 1556 – The Burning of Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury

21 March 1556 – The Burning of Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury

Every year on 21st March, I spare a thought (or actually quite a few!) for Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI, who was burnt at the stake on 21st March 1556 at Oxford. He has gone down in history as one of the Oxford Martyrs, along with […]

New Mary Boleyn book out now!

New Mary Boleyn book out now!

Congratulations to Sarah Bryson on the release of her first book Mary Boleyn in a Nutshell, a non-fiction book about the life of Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Anne Boleyn. Many of you will know Sarah from her Facebook page Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History and blog, http://www.queentohistory.com/, and the articles she’s written here […]