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 […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Four Fun Facts about Thomas Cranmer

| July 9, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Four Fun Facts about Thomas Cranmer

Do you want to know four fun facts about Thomas Cranmer and be in with a chance of winning Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell by Beth von Staats? Yes, of course you do! Then head over to Kyra Kramer’s blog right now for Beth’s guest article – click here. You need to be quick, the […]

Happy Birthday Archbishop Cranmer!

| July 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Archbishop Cranmer!

Happy 526th birthday to His Grace Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was born on 2nd July 1489 in Aslockton, Nottinghamshire. You can read more about Cranmer in my article The Life of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and in the following articles: 21 March 1556 – The Burning of Archbishop Cranmer Thomas Cranmer Becomes Archbishop of […]

28 May 1533 – Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn is valid

| May 28, 2015

28 May 1533 – Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn is valid

On 28th May 1533, five days after he declared the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer proclaimed the validity of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn following a secret enquiry at Lambeth Palace. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had already been married four months, long before the annulment, but […]

23 May 1533 – The annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

| May 23, 2015

23 May 1533 – The annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

Now we’re leaving the “bloody days” of 1536 and going back in time to 1533 when Anne Boleyn was queen consort and waiting to be crowned. On 23rd May 1533, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, had been annulled: “My lord of Canterbury gave sentence this […]

16 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn hopes to go to a nunnery

| May 16, 2015

16 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn hopes to go to a nunnery

Following a visit from Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, earlier in the day, Anne Boleyn told her gaoler Sir William Kingston that “she would go to “anonre” [nunnery]” and that she was “in hope of life”.1 She had been found guilty and sentenced to death the previous day, but perhaps something the Archbishop said gave […]

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer is “clean amazed”

| May 3, 2015

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer is “clean amazed”

On 3rd May 1536 Archbishop Cranmer wrote a letter to King Henry VIII expressing his shock at the arrest of Queen Anne Boleyn, a woman who had acted as his patron and who was his friend: “Have come to Lambeth, according to Mr. Secretary’s letters, to know your Grace’s pleasure. Dare not, contrary to the […]

Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell now available as a paperback

| April 26, 2015

Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell now available as a paperback

Just a quick post to let you know that Beth von Staats’ book Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell is now available in paperback as well as a Kindle ebook. Here are the links: For the paperback on Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/1z7Nu6p For the paperback on Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/1FnGqDP It’s also available from the other Amazon […]