28 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer Proclaims Validity of Henry VIII’s Marriage to Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII and Anne BoleynI am so glad to be going from writing of the brutal events of May 1536 to writing about the happy events of May and June 1533, the lead-up to the coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn. I definitely need a break from all that bloodshed and injustice!

As I wrote a few days ago, on the 23rd May 1533, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, had been annulled and this was followed, five days later on the 28th May 1533 by a proclamation that Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was valid.

Phew, just in time seeing that Anne was due to be crowned Queen at Westminster Abbey on the 1st June!

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