June 3 – The Royal Supremacy and a man who suffered due to it

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd June 1535, Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s vicar-general, issued orders regarding the royal supremacy to the bishops of the kingdom.

But what was the royal supremacy and what were the clergy expected to do?

Let me explain…

And on that very same day, King Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor and good friend, Sir Thomas More, was interrogated in the Tower of London by members of the king’s council.

These men were trying to get More to give a definitive answer on whether the statute of supremacy was lawful, seeing as he’d refused to take the oath of supremacy.

What happened on their visit and what was said afterwards? Find out in this video…

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