15 January 1535 – Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church in England

| January 15, 2016

15 January 1535 – Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church in England

On this day in history, 15th January 1535, King Henry VIII proclaimed that he was now Supreme Head of the Church of England. Here is the record from Letters and Papers: “Memorandum that the King in his privy chamber, 15 January 26 Hen. VIII., in presence of Sir Thos. Audley, lord Chancellor, Thos. duke of […]

26 June 1535 – A Commission of Oyer and Terminer Appointed to Try Sir Thomas More

| June 26, 2013

26 June 1535 – A Commission of Oyer and Terminer Appointed to Try Sir Thomas More

On 26th June 1535, a new commission of oyer and terminer was appointed for the county of Middlesex. The commission ordered the Sheriff of Middlesex to gather the Grand Jury on the 28th June at Westminster Hall. The record in Letters and Papers1 names those called to the commission: “Special commission of oyer and terminer […]

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Three Carthusian Monks

| June 19, 2013

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Three Carthusian Monks

On 19th June 1535, Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, three Carthusian monks from the London Charterhouse, were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded their executions in his chronicle: “The 19th day of […]

3 June 1535 – The Interrogation of Sir Thomas More

| June 3, 2013

3 June 1535 – The Interrogation of Sir Thomas More

On this day in 1535, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Audley, Thomas Cromwell and the Duke of Suffolk visited Sir Thomas More in the Tower of London to interrogate him regarding his views on the royal supremacy. More wrote the following letter to his daughter, Margaret Roper, about the visit: “Writes, as it is likely she has […]