11 July 1533 – The Pope threatens Henry VIII over Anne Boleyn

| July 11, 2015

11 July 1533 – The Pope threatens Henry VIII over Anne Boleyn

On 11 Pope Clement VII declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was null, as was the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and threatened the King with excommunication if he did not abandon the pregnant Anne and return to Catherine. Read more… Also on this day in history… 1536 – Death […]

28 May 1533 – Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn is valid

| May 28, 2015

28 May 1533 – Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn is valid

On 28th May 1533, five days after he declared the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer proclaimed the validity of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn following a secret enquiry at Lambeth Palace. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had already been married four months, long before the annulment, but […]

30 April 1536 – Henry VIII is angry with Anne Boleyn

| April 30, 2015

30 April 1536 – Henry VIII is angry with Anne Boleyn

According to Alexander Alesius, the Scottish theologian, it was on 30th April 1536 that he witnessed Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn having some kind of argument. Years later, he gave an account of the event to Elizabeth I, who he describes as being in her mother’s arms while Anne tried to placate the king. “Never […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn the Queen

| April 11, 2015

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn the Queen

Good Friday 1533, the 11th April, was a big day for Anne Boleyn because it was on that day that Henry VIII ordered his council to recognise Anne Boleyn as his righful wife and queen. While Henry was meeting with his council, his new Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was working on the annulment of […]

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 […]

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 […]

14 November 1532 – The Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

| November 14, 2014

14 November 1532 – The Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

Although we know that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had a private, and rather secret, marriage ceremony on 25th January 1533, chronicler Edward Hall also records a marriage ceremony on 14th November 1532, St Erkenwald’s Day: “The kyng after his returne, maried priuily the lady Anne Bulleyn, on sainct Erkenwaldes daie, whiche mariage was kept […]

29 September 1528 – Cardinal Campeggio Lands at Dover

| September 29, 2014

29 September 1528 – Cardinal Campeggio Lands at Dover

On 29th September 1528 Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, papal legate, landed at Dover on the Kent coast. He had arrived in preparation for hearing the case for the annulment of the marriage of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, at a special legatine court. You can read more about this in my article […]