31 May 1529 – Opening of the Legatine Court at Blackfriars

| May 31, 2013

31 May 1529 – Opening of the Legatine Court at Blackfriars

On 31st May 1529, the formal trial to investigate Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon was opened at Blackfriars. A papal bull in April 1528 had given Cardinal Wolsey the authority to “to take cognisance of all matters concerning the King’s divorce” in England, with the assistance of […]

21st June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon and the Legatine Court

| June 21, 2012

21st June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon and the Legatine Court

On the 21st June 1529, Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, appeared in front of Cardinal Wolsey and Cardinal Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. The purpose of this court was to listen to the testimonies of the King and Queen regarding the validity of their marriage and to rule on […]

29 September – On This Day In History…

| September 29, 2011

29 September – On This Day In History…

On this day in history, the 29th September… 1528 – Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio lands at Dover. See Cardinal Campeggio and the Legatine Court 1564 – Elizabeth I made Robert Dudley the Earl of Leicester. See “Robert Dudley to Marry Mary Queen of Scots?”

21 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon’s Speech at Blackfriars

| June 21, 2011

21 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon’s Speech at Blackfriars

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, appeared in front of Cardinal Wolsey and Cardinal Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. The purpose of this court was to listen to the testimonies of the King and Queen regarding the validity of their marriage and […]

Cardinal Campeggio and the Legatine Court

| September 29, 2010

Cardinal Campeggio and the Legatine Court

On this day in history, 29th September 1528, the papal legate, Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, landed at Dover on the Kent coast. In early 1528 Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII’s right hand man, had written to Pope Clement VII outlining Henry VIII’s demand that the case for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon […]