23 March 1534 – The First Act of Succession

| March 23, 2015

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 […]

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn loses a son

| January 29, 2015

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn loses a son

On 29 January 1536, tragedy struck King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn suffered a miscarriage, losing “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”. This miscarriage was a huge blow for the couple, who desperately wanted and needed a son, but it also had devastating consequences for Anne because it […]

25 January 1533 – Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn at Whitehall

| January 25, 2015

25 January 1533 – Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn at Whitehall

On 25 January 1533, St Paul’s Day, Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn in a secret ceremony at Whitehall. In a letter to Archdeacon Hawkyns, written in June 1533 and recording Anne Boleyn’s coronation, Cranmer wrote: “But now, sir, you may not imagine that this coronation was before her marriage; for she was married much about […]

8 January 1536 – Joyful Yellow and Triumphant Parading

| January 8, 2015

8 January 1536 – Joyful Yellow and Triumphant Parading

I’ve written about this subject before but I received so many questions about it yesterday that I thought I’d write another article on the wearing of yellow after Catherine of Aragon’s death and ‘who wore what when’. As I mentioned yesterday, on 7th January 1536 Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at Kimbolton […]

5 January 1531 – Henry VIII ordered not to remarry

| January 5, 2015

5 January 1531 – Henry VIII ordered not to remarry

On 5th January 1531, Pope Clement VII wrote to Henry VIII following a plea from Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s wife. In his letter he forbade Henry to remarry while the case for the annulment was still on-going and threatened him with excommunication if he took matters into his own hands and disobeyed Rome: “At […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent – What Anne Boleyn would have read

| December 21, 2014

The Fourth Sunday of Advent – What Anne Boleyn would have read

If you’ve read my previous three Sunday articles, you’ll know that I have been sharing readings from French Reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples’ book Epistres et Evangiles pour les cinquante et deux semaines de l’an, or “Epistles and Gospels for the 52 Weeks of the Year”. Anne Boleyn owned an illuminated manuscript of Lefèvre’s work, a […]

17 December 1559 – Matthew Parker consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury

| December 17, 2014

17 December 1559 – Matthew Parker consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury

On this day in history, 17th December 1559, Matthew Parker was consecrated as Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury. Parker had been offered the post of Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury in 1558, a post which he did not believe that he was right for or fit enough for (he’d had a nasty fall from a […]

The Third Sunday of Advent – What Anne Boleyn would have read

| December 14, 2014

The Third Sunday of Advent – What Anne Boleyn would have read

If you’ve read my previous two Sunday articles, you’ll know that I have been sharing readings from French Reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples’ book “Epistres et Evangiles pour les cinquante et deux semaines de l’an”, or “Epistles and Gospels for the 52 Weeks of the Year”. Anne Boleyn owned an illuminated manuscript of Lefèvre’s work, a […]