On this day in history, 3rd May 1536, a very shocked Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII’s Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to the king regarding the arrest of his good friend and patron, Queen Anne Boleyn.

In the letter, Cranmer wrote: “I am clean amazed, for I had never better opinion of woman”, but then tempered this with “but I think your Highness would not have gone so far if she had not been culpable”, so as not to cause any offence to the king.

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