26 April 1536 – The queen meets with her chaplain

Posted By on April 26, 2018

According to Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury in Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, it was on or around this date (six days before Anne’s arrest) that he met with Queen Anne Boleyn. He was serving as one of her chaplains at the time.

According to Parker, she spoke words to him that day that made him feel so bound to Anne’s daughter, Elizabeth, who was just two years old at this time, that he agreed to take the office of Archbishop of Canterbury in her reign even though he didn’t want it.

Had Parker promised Anne that he would look out for her daughter, that he would support her? We don’t know. But their conversation that day stayed with him for the rest of his life.

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