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28 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer Proclaims Validity of Henry VIII’s Marriage to Anne Boleyn

Posted By on May 28, 2012

Following on from the decision of the special court held at Dunstable, and Cramner’s declaration that Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon was invalid and had been annulled, Cranmer proclaimed the validity of Henry’s marriage to Anne Boleyn on this day in 1533.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had already been married four months, way before the annulment, but Henry believed that his marriage to Catherine had never been valid because she was his brother’s widow. Convocation and the Dunstable court agreed with him, ruling that the Pope had no authority to issue a dispensation for a marriage which was contrary to God’s law.

This proclamation came just the day before Anne Boleyn’s coronation pageantry began.

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  1. bobbi says:

    What is the name of this painting. And who is the artist

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    Claire Reply:

    It’s called “Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Deer Shooting in Windsor Forest” and it’s by William Powell Frith (1819-1909).

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    bobbi Reply:

    Thanks I do think her dress looks a little Elizabethan

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  2. Kim Kloes says:

    Ohhhh…I love the painting! I’ve never seen this one anywhere before. Thanks for sharing it!

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  3. Dawn 1st says:

    This is a magic round-a-bout of ‘never-ending’ stories…about Anne and Henry. But 9 days ago we were all saddened with the anniversay of her execution, and the brutality of Henry’s treatment towards her. Now we are back to happier times, with Anne pregnant, married and preparing for her Coronation, when Henry’s love and kindness for her held no boundries…it’s a ride I never want to get off… :)

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  4. Shannon says:

    Love the photo. Who is the artist?

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    Claire Reply:

    Hi Shannon,
    It’s a 19th century painting called “Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Deer Shooting in Windsor Forest” and it’s by William Powell Frith (1819-1909).

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    Shannon Reply:

    Thanks Claire. I discovered your website a few months ago and I greatly enjoy it. I check in every day for your latests post. Anne Boleyn would be proud that you are bringing bringing her true story to light.

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    Claire Reply:

    Thanks, Shannon, I’m so glad that you enjoy using the site.

  5. MariAn OBrien says:

    Henry the 8th was a man who took the “to death do us part” phraseology of the wedding vows a little too seriously.

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