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 […]

27 May 1537 – The quickening of Jane Seymour’s baby

| May 27, 2015

27 May 1537 – The quickening of Jane Seymour’s baby

On 27th May 1537, Trinity Sunday, just under a year since her marriage to Henry VIII, Queen Jane Seymour felt her unborn baby move for the first time. The ‘quickening’ of Henry and Jane’s baby was a joyous occasion and it sparked off celebrations across the country. In London, a Te Deum was sung in […]

23 May 1533 – The annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

| May 23, 2015

23 May 1533 – The annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

Now we’re leaving the “bloody days” of 1536 and going back in time to 1533 when Anne Boleyn was queen consort and waiting to be crowned. On 23rd May 1533, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, had been annulled: “My lord of Canterbury gave sentence this […]

Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard and a Magna Carta Baron by Marilyn Roberts

| May 20, 2015

Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard and a Magna Carta Baron by Marilyn Roberts

Thank you to author and historian Marilyn Roberts for sharing her knowledge with us today… The Epworth Magna Carta 800th Society was founded in the autumn of 2014 with the joint aims of bringing together the local community to celebrate the anniversary of the original version of Magna Carta while at the same time raising […]

20 May 1536 – A Secret Betrothal

| May 20, 2015

20 May 1536 – A Secret Betrothal

On 20th May 1536, the day after Anne Boleyn’s execution and the day after Archbishop Cranmer had issued a dispensation allowing Henry VIII to marry Jane Seymour, the couple became betrothed. Chapuys recorded this betrothal in a postscript to a letter to Seigneur de Granvelle: “Has just been informed, the bearer of this having already […]

14 May 1536 – Jane Seymour moves nearer the King

| May 14, 2015

14 May 1536 – Jane Seymour moves nearer the King

On 14th May 1536 Sir Nicholas Carew was sent by Henry VIII to collect Jane Seymour from Carew’s country home outside of London, where she had been sent earlier in the month to prevent gossip about her relationship with the King, and to install her in a house in Chelsea.1 Up until now, Henry VIII […]

9 April 1533 – Catherine of Aragon to “abstain from the title of Queen”

| April 9, 2015

9 April 1533 – Catherine of Aragon to “abstain from the title of Queen”

On 9th April 1533, a delegation of Henry VIII’s councillors, headed by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, visited Catherine of Aragon and informed her that the King was now married to Anne Boleyn. After they left, Catherine’s Chamberlain, Sir William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy, had to tell her that she had been demoted from […]

22 February 1511 – Henry VIII loses a son

| February 22, 2015

22 February 1511 – Henry VIII loses a son

On 22 February 1511, Henry, Duke of Corwall, son of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, died at the age of just fifty-two days at Richmond Palace. Chronicler Edward Hall records his death: “After this great joy came sorowfull chaunce, for the young Prince, which was borne upon Neweyeres daye last past, upon the. xxii. […]