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Anne Boleyn & Religious Meetings at Durham House?
March 20, 2013
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I recently read one of the most interesting things about Anne in one of Robin Maxwell (author of ‘Secret Diary’ and Mademoiselle Boleyn) which stated that Anne had led religious meetings at Durham House:

“An even more closely guarded fact about Anne – one that is made mention of in only one history book (Anthony Martienssen’s Queen Katherine Parr)—is that Henry actually appointed Anne to spearhead a small coterie of the most powerful figures at court who met weekly at Durham House in London, and whose sole purpose was freeing England from Rome’s influence in order to land Henry his divorce. The still publicly Catholic king (“Defender of the Faith) could not allow himself to be seen engaging in such dangerous activities. Clearly, he trusted Anne’s intelligence and judgment enough for the job. The image of this woman, still in her twenties, as the leader of men in what was, without question, the greatest religious and political battle of the sixteenth century—a battle that was won by Henry and Anne against the pope, creating the “schism”—is mindboggling.

Yet hardly a soul knows about the Durham House gatherings. It takes up less than half a page in a scholarly, but rather obscure history book. No mention of it is made in any of the biographies of Anne Boleyn. She simply remains to most one of the “bimbos of history,” the second wife of Henry VIII who had her head whacked off for behaving badly.”

However I don’t own a copy of Martienssen’s biography (which sounds very interesting) and I’m just wondering if anyone knows anything else about this/has some primary sources?

The full interview of Maxwell with Penguin group is here: http://www.us.penguingroup.com…..oleyn.html

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March 20, 2013
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Durham Place was a property belonging to Thomas Boleyn. Thomas Cranmer stayed with the Boleyns there when he was in England. It was Cranmer’s initial ideas which resulted in the break with Rome, and he was appointed by Henry VIII to prepare a treaty at Durham Place. As all the Boleyns were reformist it’s fair to say they probably had many meetings and discussions with Cranmer and their faction at that property, which would have included Anne. But it was Cranmer who spearheaded those meetings.

March 21, 2013
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Louise said

Durham Place was a property belonging to Thomas Boleyn. Thomas Cranmer stayed with the Boleyns there when he was in England. It was Cranmer’s initial ideas which resulted in the break with Rome, and he was appointed by Henry VIII to prepare a treaty at Durham Place. As all the Boleyns were reformist it’s fair to say they probably had many meetings and discussions with Cranmer and their faction at that property, which would have included Anne. But it was Cranmer who spearheaded those meetings.

That makes sense.. Thank you^___^

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