11 July 1533 – The Pope Declares Henry VIII’s Marriage to Anne Boleyn Null

| July 11, 2014

11 July 1533 – The Pope Declares Henry VIII’s Marriage to Anne Boleyn Null

On 11th July 1533, just over a month after Anne Boleyn’s coronation, 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. The […]

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon Told to Stop Calling Herself Queen

| July 3, 2014

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon Told to Stop Calling Herself Queen

On Wednesday 3rd July 1533, Catherine of Aragon’s chamberlain William Blount, Lord Mountjoy, was instructed to inform his mistress that she was to recognise her new title of “Princess Dowager” and to refrain from referring to herself as “Queen”. The annulment of Catherine’s marriage to Henry VIII had been declared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer on […]

21 June 1529 – And to God I commit my cause!

| June 21, 2014

21 June 1529 – And to God I commit my cause!

On 21st June 1529 King Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon appeared in front of Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. in 1528, Cardinal Wolsey had been made the Pope’s vice-regent in order “to take cognisance of all matters concerning the King’s divorce” and Campeggio had been made […]

The Events of 1533 – From Queen-in-waiting to Queen Consort

| May 23, 2014

The Events of 1533 – From Queen-in-waiting to Queen Consort

We’ve left the brutal events of May 1536 behind and now we’re counting down the events of 1533, to Anne Boleyn’s moment of triumph: her coronation. I thought it would be good to highlight the main events of 1533 as a timeline… 25th January 1533 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn marry in a secret […]

23 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer announces the sentence of the Dunstable Priory Trial

| May 23, 2014

23 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer announces the sentence of the Dunstable Priory Trial

On 23rd May 1533, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer announced the sentence of the special court that had met at Dunstable Priory, Bedfordshire, to examine Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The trial had opened on 10th May 1533, following Convocation’s decision that the Pope did not […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn is Accorded Royal Honours and Cranmer works on the Annulment

| April 11, 2014

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn is Accorded Royal Honours and Cranmer works on the Annulment

On 11th April 1533 Henry VIII informed his Council that Anne was his rightful wife and Queen and that she should be accorded with royal honours.1 On the same day Thomas Cranmer, the newly consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to the King “Beseeching the King very humbly to allow him to determine his great cause […]

9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

| April 9, 2014

9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

On 9th April 1533, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, received a visit from members of the King’s Council, headed by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The purpose of their visit was to inform Catherine that Henry VIII was now married to Anne Boleyn and that Catherine was no longer queen. […]

23 March 1534 – Parliament Passes the First Act of Succession

| March 23, 2014

23 March 1534 – Parliament Passes the First Act of Succession

On this day in 1534, the First Act of Succession was passed by Parliament. It vested the succession in the heirs of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and it required subjects to swear an oath, the Oath of Succession, renouncing any foreign authority and recognising Anne Boleyn as Henry VIII’s wife and […]