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 […]

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

| November 2, 2016

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

All Souls’ Day is the feast day when forgotten souls, those souls in purgatory who might not have any masses or prayers being said for them, are remembered and it was at the special All Souls’ mass of 1541 that Henry VIII’s happy world came crashing down. Previous to this, Henry VIII had been blissfully […]

2 November 1541 – A bad All Souls’ Day for Henry VIII

| November 2, 2015

2 November 1541 – A bad All Souls’ Day for Henry VIII

Happy All Souls’ Day! Unfortunately, back in 1541 All Souls’ Day was not a happy day for Henry VIII and any thoughts or prayers he had for departed loved ones were soon forgotten when he attended All Souls’ mass and found a letter left for him in the Holy Day Closet at Hampton Court Palace. […]