3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer is shocked and the investigation hits a snag

| May 3, 2021

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer is shocked and the investigation hits a snag

On this day in history, 3rd May 1536, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, crafted a careful letter to Henry VIII expressing his shock at the news of Queen Anne Boleyn’s arrest. As Cranmer was writing his very carefully worded letter, the investigation, if it can be called that, wasn’t going so well as the men […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -16

| May 3, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -16

On this day in 1536, 3rd May, Queen Anne Boleyn had just 16 days to live and she was now imprisoned in the Tower of London, albeit in the lavish Queen’s apartments. Her good friend, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, had heard news of Anne Boleyn’s arrest, and wrote to King Henry VIII regarding what […]

3 May 1536 – A shocked Archbishop Cranmer writes to the King

| May 3, 2016

3 May 1536 – A shocked Archbishop Cranmer writes to the King

On Wednesday 3rd May 1536, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, who had travelled back to Lambeth Palace from Knole (his country residence) after being summoned back to court, wrote a letter to King Henry VIII: “Have come to Lambeth, according to Mr. Secretary’s letters, to know your Grace’s pleasure. Dare not, contrary to the said letters, presume […]