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6 March 1536 – The Dissolution of the Monasteries

| March 6, 2017

6 March 1536 – The Dissolution of the Monasteries

In February 1536, a parliament which has become known as “The Reformation Parliament” was recalled and met until it was dismissed on 14th April 1536. It had first sat in October 1529 and is referred to as the Reformation Parliament because it was responsible for passing the legislation which led to the break with Rome […]

22 April 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer’s Strange Letter

| April 22, 2014

22 April 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer’s Strange Letter

On the 22nd April 1536, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, who had been away from court staying at his country residence, Knole House, wrote a letter to Thomas Cromwell. In it he said: “I was ever hitherto cold, but now I am in a heat with the cause of religion, which goeth all contrary to mine expectation, […]

Tudor Monastery Farm Episode 6

| December 19, 2013

Tudor Monastery Farm Episode 6

Here is a rundown of last night’s episode of Tudor Monastery Farm based on my scribbled notes… It is September at the farm, the beginning of autumn and shorter days, The team are preparing for the end of the farming year. They need to make provisions for the winter. They’ve harvested and stored the pea […]

October 1536 – The Pilgrimage of Grace

| October 14, 2013

October 1536 – The Pilgrimage of Grace

The Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion was an uprising in the North which was sparked off initially by trouble in Lincolnshire. This trouble, in turn, was caused by discontent over the dissolution of Louth Abbey, the government commissions in the area and rumours that these commissions would confiscate jewels and plate from churches and impose new […]

Henry VIII is Excommunicated

| December 17, 2010

Henry VIII is Excommunicated

On this day in history, 17th December 1538, Pope Paul III announced that Henry VIII had been excommunicated from the Catholic Church:- “Bull against Hen. VIII., renewing the execution of the bull of 30 Aug. 1535, which had been suspended in hope of his amendment, as he has since gone to still further excesses, having […]

Poem – Dissolution of the Monasteries

| August 11, 2009

Poem – Dissolution of the Monasteries

This is Part 24 in Esther Hyams’ series of poems on the life of Anne Boleyn. Dissolution of the monasteries Monks were disembowelled before their death Such agonising pain in their last breath This would add to the unpopularity of Anne, the Queen To whom they would blame, for these deaths so obscene. It was […]

Henry the Great or Henry the Tyrant? You Decide

| April 28, 2009

I’ve been having a bit of a discussion about Henry VIII’s personality with Andrew over at “Tudor Stuff”, arguing over whether Henry was great or a tyrant. Andy posted an article by Jill Hamilton about the fact that some historians want to bestow the title “Henry the Great” on this Tudor monarch. Of course, I’m […]