12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer is tried in Oxford

| September 12, 2017

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer is tried in Oxford

On this day in history, Thursday 12th September 1555, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, was tried for heresy at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. The court was presided over by James Brooks, Bishop of Gloucester and the representative of the Pope, and Dr Martin and Dr Storey, Queen Mary I’s […]

17 May 1536 – The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is annulled

| May 17, 2017

17 May 1536 – The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is annulled

On the same day that George Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were executed on Tower Hill, the marriage of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, was annulled. At a special court at Lambeth Palace, in the presence of Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor; Charles Brandon, […]

16 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is in hope of life

| May 16, 2017

On this day in history, Tuesday 16th May, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, reported to Thomas Cromwell that “this day at dinner the queen said that she should go to a nunnery and is in hope of life.” But the previous day, Anne Boleyn had been sentenced to death for high […]

3 May 1536 – A letter from Archbishop Cranmer to Henry VIII

| May 3, 2017

On this day in history, 3rd May 1536, a very shocked Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII’s Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to the king regarding the arrest of his good friend and patron, Queen Anne Boleyn. In the letter, Cranmer wrote: “I am clean amazed, for I had never better opinion of woman”, but then tempered this […]

16 May 1536 – A visitor for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 16, 2016

16 May 1536 – A visitor for Queen Anne Boleyn

On 16th May 1536, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the man who had once been Anne Boleyn’s family chaplain and a man she had helped rise to prominence at the English court, visited Anne at the Tower of London. It was a visit that seemed to lift Anne’s spirits and give her hope that all was not […]

10 May 1533 – Opening of the Dunstable Court

| May 10, 2016

10 May 1533 – Opening of the Dunstable Court

Yes, for this “on this day in history” post we are taking a break from the 1536 countdown of Anne Boleyn’s fall to go back to 1533, the year that Anne Boleyn was crowned queen. On 5th April 1533, Convocation gave its ruling on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, stating that the Pope […]

4 December 1555 – Thomas Cranmer is no longer Archbishop

| December 4, 2015

4 December 1555 – Thomas Cranmer is no longer Archbishop

On this day in history, 4th December 1555, Papal sentence was passed on Thomas Cranmer in Rome, resulting in Cranmer being deprived of his archbishopric (Canterbury) and “of all the ecclesiastical dignities”. This sentence is recorded by Bernardo Navagero, Venetian Ambassador at Rome, to the Doge and Senate: “On Wednesday the 4th instant consistory was […]

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer tried at Oxford

| September 12, 2015

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer tried at Oxford

On Thursday12th September 1555, the trial of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, began in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. He was accused of two offences, or doctrinal errors: repudiating papal authority and denying transubstantiation. Cranmer had served Kings Henry VIII and Edward VI as archbishop, but now it was the […]