26 April 1536 – Matthew Parker makes a promise to Queen Anne Boleyn

Posted By on April 26, 2016

Matthew Parker On or around this day in history, 26th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn met with her chaplain Matthew Parker and made him promise to do something for her.

This promise stayed with him 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 didn’t want it.

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5 thoughts on “26 April 1536 – Matthew Parker makes a promise to Queen Anne Boleyn”

  1. bruno says:

    I did not know and find the fact quite moving.
    Happy to see that Queen Anne was not that forsaken before her execution

  2. Globerose says:

    John Scofield, in his Rise & Fall of Thomas Cromwell, 2nd para, page 192, writes: “Right up to the last days of April, all the well-versed diplomatic and court gossip focused on the king’s divorce and Anne’s ‘dismissal’, but nothing more.” How could the Queen and the Boleyn Faction not be aware of it and that she had indeed lost the king’s love and protection. The new ideas and developments within the christian faith, which she had fostered and Matthew Parker embodied, were suddenly in doubt, as even her own fate was and that of the young Elizabeth. She must have cared deeply that her views and influence prevailed with Elizabeth rather than that of another, more catholic, guardian.

    1. bruno says:

      Thank you Globerose for the explanation.
      It does bring a light…

  3. HOPE S.HERNDON says:

    PITY THAT THEY DID NOT KNOW THEN THAT IT IS THE MALE WHO DETERMINES THE SEX OF THE CHILD. SO OFF WITH HIS HEAD. JUST SAW THE STAGE PLAY ABOUT ANNE HERE IN MARIN COUNTY AT OUR LITTLE THEATER. EXCELLENT PRODUCTION.

  4. Linda Batdorf says:

    Thank you Globerose for bringing a newsource to life!

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