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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 […]

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

| December 7, 2014

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

Following on from last Sunday’s post regarding Anne’s ownership of an illuminated manuscript of French Reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples’ “Epistres et Evangiles pour les cinquante et deux semaines de l’an”, or “Epistles and Gospels for the 52 Weeks of the Year”, I wanted to share with you Lefèvre’s readings for the second Sunday of Advent, […]

4 December 1555 – Thomas Cranmer deprived of his archbishopric

| December 4, 2014

4 December 1555 – Thomas Cranmer deprived of his archbishopric

On 4th December 1555, Papal sentence was passed on Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, in Rome, depriving him of his archbishopric “and of all ecclesiastical dignities” and giving permission to the secular authorities in England to to decide on his fate. Cranmer had been found guilty of treason and sentenced to death along with Lady […]

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

| November 30, 2014

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

Anne Boleyn owned an illuminated manuscript of French Reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples’ “Epistres et Evangiles pour les cinquante et deux semaines de l’an”, or “Epistles and Gospels for the 52 Weeks of the Year”. It was something that was precious to her, having been a gift from her brother George, something that he had actually […]

2 October 1528 – This book is for me and all kings to read

| October 2, 2014

2 October 1528 – This book is for me and all kings to read

On 2nd October 1528 The Obedience of the Christian Man and How Christian Rulers Ought to Govern was published by English Reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale. Amongst other things, Tyndale’s book said that rulers were accountable to God and not the Pope. Anne Boleyn owned a copy of this book, as well as Tyndale’s […]

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer’s Trial Begins

| September 12, 2014

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer’s Trial Begins

On 12th September 1555, the trial of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, began in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. He was accused of two offences, or doctrinal errors: repudiating papal authority and denying transubstantiation. You can read all the details of his trial, and the subsequent proceedings, in my article […]