25 July 1535 – Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth are called names

| July 25, 2017

With his letter written on the Feast of St James (25th July) 1535, to Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle, who was Charles V’s advisor, Eustace Chapuys included an interesting post script. It was written in cipher, but said: “P.S.—He the other day nearly murdered his own fool, a simple and innocent man, because he happened to […]

6 July 1535 – The beheading of Sir Thomas More, former Lord Chancellor

| July 6, 2017

On this day in history, Tuesday 6th July 1535, Henry VIII’s former friend and Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, was beheaded on Tower Hill as a traitor. More had been found guilty of high treason under the Treason Act of 1534 for denying the king’s supremacy and refusing to take the Oath of Succession. Trivia: […]

18 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon reads out her appeal to the Legatine Court

| June 18, 2017

On this day in history, 18th June 1529, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, made her first appearance at the special legatine court which had opened at Blackfriars, in London, on 31st May 1529 to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine. The king sent proxies to […]

1 June 1533 – Anne Boleyn is crowned queen

| June 1, 2017

On 1st June 1533, Whitsun, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by her good friend Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. Anne Boleyn was about six months pregnant and had been married to the king since their official, but secret, ceremony on 25th January 1533. Their marriage had been proclaimed valid just […]

31 May 1533 – A spectacular coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 31, 2017

On this day in history, 31st May 1533, a special procession took place through the streets of London: the coronation procession of Queen Anne Boleyn. It was the eve of Anne’s coronation and at 5pm the pregnant queen departed from the Tower of London to make her way to Westminster Hall. The procession included pageants, […]

Poisoned pottage and a man boiled to death

| April 5, 2017

On this day in history, 5th April 1531, Richard Roose (Rouse) was boiled to death at Smithfield after being attainted of high treason. Roose was the former cook of the household of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, and he’d been attainted after Parliament had passed a new bill, the “Acte for Poysoning”, which made it […]

31 March 1532 – Henry VIII is much displeased

| March 31, 2017

On this day in history, 31st March 1532, King Henry VIII was “much displeased” with the Easter Sunday sermon preached by Princess Mary’s confessor, Friar William Peto, in the King’s presence at Greenwich’s Franciscan chapel. Rather than preaching on the Easter story and focusing on Christ’s victory and resurrection, Friar Peto chose to preach on […]

30 March 1533 – Thomas Cranmer is consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury

| March 30, 2017

On this day in history, 30th March 1533, at the Passion Sunday service, Thomas Cranmer, Archdeacon of Taunton, was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury by the Bishops of Lincoln, Exeter, and St Asaph at St Stephen’s College, Westminster Palace. Read more… Cranmer’s predecessor, William Warham, had died on 22nd August 1532. Cranmer was Archbishop of […]