15 January 1535 – Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church in England

| January 15, 2016

15 January 1535 – Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church in England

On this day in history, 15th January 1535, King Henry VIII proclaimed that he was now Supreme Head of the Church of England. Here is the record from Letters and Papers: “Memorandum that the King in his privy chamber, 15 January 26 Hen. VIII., in presence of Sir Thos. Audley, lord Chancellor, Thos. duke of […]

16 October 1555 – The Martyrdom of Bishops Latimer and Ridley

| October 16, 2015

16 October 1555 – The Martyrdom of Bishops Latimer and Ridley

On this day in history, 16th October 1555, during the reign of Mary I, Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, and Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, were burnt at the stake for heresy in Oxford. Ridley and Latimer, along with Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, who was burnt at the stake on 21st March 1556, are known as […]

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer tried at Oxford

| September 12, 2015

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer tried at Oxford

On Thursday12th 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. Cranmer had served Kings Henry VIII and Edward VI as archbishop, but now it was the […]

11 August 1534 – The Expulsion of the Friars Observant

| August 11, 2015

11 August 1534 – The Expulsion of the Friars Observant

Sometime around 11th August 1534, the Friars Observant (Observant Friars of Greenwich) were expelled from their monasteries due to their support of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, and their refusal to accept Henry VIII as the supreme head of the Church. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, recorded their expulsion in a letter to […]

4 August – A Burial and a Burning

| August 4, 2015

4 August – A Burial and a Burning

On this day in history, 4th August 1540, Brother William Horne, laybrother of the London Charterhouse was hanged, disembowelled and quartered at Tyburn. Horne was one of eighteen Carthusian monks to be out to death between May 1535 and August 1540 for denying King Henry VIII’s supremacy. You can read more about Horne in my […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – The Tudor Odd Couple

| July 11, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – The Tudor Odd Couple

Day 6 of the book tour for Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell sees author Beth von Staats sharing a guest article on the relationship between Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Cromwell over at Nerdalicious.com. Click here to head over to Nerdalicious now to read Beth’s excellent article and also to enter today’s giveaway – good luck! […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Claire interviews Beth von Staats

| July 10, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Claire interviews Beth von Staats

I’m honoured to play host to Beth von Staats, author of Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell, today on day five of her book tour. Fancy winning a paperback copy of Beth’s book? Simply leave a comment below saying which of Beth’s answers you liked best and why. You need to comment by midnight (UK time) […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Four Fun Facts about Thomas Cranmer

| July 9, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Four Fun Facts about Thomas Cranmer

Do you want to know four fun facts about Thomas Cranmer and be in with a chance of winning Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell by Beth von Staats? Yes, of course you do! Then head over to Kyra Kramer’s blog right now for Beth’s guest article – click here. You need to be quick, the […]