26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Matthew Parker and a promise

Posted By on April 26, 2017

Matthew ParkerSometime around 26th April 1536, six days before her arrest, Queen Anne Boleyn met with her chaplain Matthew Parker and made him promise to do something for her.

We have no idea what was said at this meeting, what Anne wanted him to do, but whatever was said was something that stayed with Parker and caused him to feel so bound to Anne’s daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth I in 1558, that he took the office of Archbishop of Canterbury during her reign even though he was in ill health and didn’t want the position. He served as Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury from 1559 until his death in May 1575 at the age of seventy.

I really do feel that Anne knew that there was something going on and that the tide was turning against her.

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