27 April 1536 – Parliament summoned and a hint that the King wants to leave Anne Boleyn

| April 27, 2016

27 April 1536 – Parliament summoned and a hint that the King wants to leave Anne Boleyn

On this day in history 27th April 1536, writs were issued summoning Parliament to meet on 8th June, even though Parliament had only been dissolved on 14th April. A letter was also sent to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer asking him to attend the Parliament. Why was Parliament being summoned? Did this have anything to do with […]

24 December 1545 – Henry VIII’s Last Words to Parliament

| December 24, 2015

24 December 1545 – Henry VIII’s Last Words to Parliament

On 24th December 1545, just over a year and a month before his death, King Henry VIII made his final speech to Parliament. Historian Robert Hutchinson describes it as “both measured and compelling”, and writes of how Henry wanted “to impart a stern message” to all of his subjects. Lord Chancellor Thomas Wriothesley would normally […]

24 December 1545 – Henry VIII’s Final Speech to Parliament

| December 24, 2014

24 December 1545 – Henry VIII’s Final Speech to Parliament

On 24th December 1545, King Henry VIII made his final speech to Parliament. Historian Robert Hutchinson describes it as “both measured and compelling”, and writes of how Henry wanted “to impart a stern message” to all of his subjects. Lord Chancellor Thomas Wriothesley would normally have given the address, but Wriothesley was unpopular at this […]