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 […]

Remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

| March 21, 2014

Remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

Today I will be remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was burned at the stake on 21st March 1556 after being found guilty of heresy and treason. Martyrologist John Foxe recorded his execution in his Book of Martyrs: “With thoughts intent upon a far higher object than the empty threats of man, he reached […]

A Baptism and a Coronation – 1516 and 1547

| February 20, 2014

A Baptism and a Coronation – 1516 and 1547

Following her birth on 18th February 1516, the future Mary I, was baptised on 20th February in the Church of the Observant Friars at Greenwich. The little princess was carried to the font by the Countess of Surrey and her godparents were Catherine Courtenay, Countess of Devon and daughter of Edward IV; Margaret Pole, Countess […]

Remembering Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley – 12 February 1554

| February 12, 2014

Remembering Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley – 12 February 1554

On 12th February 1554, Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were executed. Guildford was beheaded on Tower Hill and Jane was beheaded withing the walls of the Tower of London. Jane was sixteen years old and Guildford was around 18/19 years old. You can read all about their executions in my previous posts: […]

20 January 1569 – Death of Miles Coverdale, Bible Translator and Bishop of Exeter

| January 20, 2014

20 January 1569 – Death of Miles Coverdale, Bible Translator and Bishop of Exeter

On 20th January 1569, Bible translator and Bishop of Exeter, Miles (Myles) Coverdale died. He was buried in the chancel of St Bartholomew by the Exchange, London, on 22nd January. It is thought that Coverdale was born in the North Riding of Yorkshire in 1488, although nothing is known of his family or early life. […]

3 January 1521 – The Excommunication of Martin Luther

| January 3, 2014

3 January 1521 – The Excommunication of Martin Luther

On 3rd January 1521, Pope Leo X issued the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem excommunicating Martin Luther, reformer, German priest and Professor of Theology, from the Catholic Church. The Pope had asked Luther to retract his “Ninety-Five Theses” (full name: The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences or Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis […]

Helen Castor’s Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death – Episode 2: A Good Marriage

| October 17, 2013

Helen Castor’s Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death – Episode 2: A Good Marriage

The second episode of Helen Castor’s series “Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death” aired on BBC4 last night and this one focused on marriage. I took notes for those of you who weren’t able to watch it… At the beginning of the programme, Helen Castor reminded viewers of her research into the Paston family, a family […]

16 October 1555 – The Burnings of Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley at Oxford

| October 16, 2013

16 October 1555 – The Burnings of Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley at Oxford

Today is the anniversary of the burnings of two of the Oxford Martyrs, Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, and Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London. The third Oxford Martyr was Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was burned at the stake on 21st March 1556. Hugh Latimer was born around between 1480 and 1494 in Thurcaston, […]