18 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon’s First Appearance at the Legatine Court

| June 18, 2014

18 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon’s First Appearance at the Legatine Court

On 31st May 1529, a legatine court had opened at Blackfriars in London following Pope Clement VII’s papal bull of April 1528 empowering Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, as the Pope’s viceregent, “to take cognisance of all matters concerning the King’s divorce” along with Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, who had been made papal legate in June 1528. Campeggio […]

The Events of 1533 – From Queen-in-waiting to Queen Consort

| May 23, 2014

The Events of 1533 – From Queen-in-waiting to Queen Consort

We’ve left the brutal events of May 1536 behind and now we’re counting down the events of 1533, to Anne Boleyn’s moment of triumph: her coronation. I thought it would be good to highlight the main events of 1533 as a timeline… 25th January 1533 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn marry in a secret […]

23 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer announces the sentence of the Dunstable Priory Trial

| May 23, 2014

23 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer announces the sentence of the Dunstable Priory Trial

On 23rd May 1533, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer announced the sentence of the special court that had met at Dunstable Priory, Bedfordshire, to examine Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The trial had opened on 10th May 1533, following Convocation’s decision that the Pope did not […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn is Accorded Royal Honours and Cranmer works on the Annulment

| April 11, 2014

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn is Accorded Royal Honours and Cranmer works on the Annulment

On 11th April 1533 Henry VIII informed his Council that Anne was his rightful wife and Queen and that she should be accorded with royal honours.1 On the same day Thomas Cranmer, the newly consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to the King “Beseeching the King very humbly to allow him to determine his great cause […]

9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

| April 9, 2014

9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

On 9th April 1533, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, received a visit from members of the King’s Council, headed by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The purpose of their visit was to inform Catherine that Henry VIII was now married to Anne Boleyn and that Catherine was no longer queen. […]

7 March 1530 – The Pope Threatens Henry VIII with Excommunication

| March 7, 2014

7 March 1530 – The Pope Threatens Henry VIII with Excommunication

On 7th March 1530 Pope Clement VII issued a bull threatening Henry VIII with excommunication if he proceeded to marry again. The Pope had been informed by Queen Catherine of Aragon that her husband had “boasted” that he would take a second wife “notwithstanding the inhibition and mandate against him”, so the Pope was acting […]

Anne Boleyn, William Tyndale and Henry VIII

| October 2, 2013

Anne Boleyn, William Tyndale and Henry VIII

The 2nd October 1528 saw the publication of English reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale’s “The Obedience of the Christian Man” (full title: “The Obedience of a Christen man, and how Christen rulers ought to govern, wherein also (if thou mark diligently) thou shalt find eyes to perceive the crafty convience of all jugglers”) in […]

11 July 1533 – Henry VIII Ordered to Abandon Anne Boleyn

| July 11, 2013

11 July 1533 – Henry VIII Ordered to Abandon Anne Boleyn

On 11th July 1533, Pope Clement VII declared his sentence on the annulment of the King’s marriage to Catherine of Aragin and his subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn: “Sentence of Clement VII. against Henry VIII., declaring his divorce from Katharine and marriage with Anne Boleyn null; and pronouncing the King to have incurred the greater […]