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2 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn as Queen Esther

| April 2, 2018

On Passion Sunday 1536, the fifth Sunday of Lent, which fell on 2nd April, Queen Anne Boleyn’s almoner, John Skip, preached a rather controversial sermon in the presence of King Henry VIII. The sermon’s topic was the Old Testament story of Queen Esther saving the Jews, as told in the Book of Esther. In a […]

2 April 1536 – Henry VIII, King Ahasuerus, Anne Boleyn and Queen Esther

| April 2, 2016

2 April 1536 – Henry VIII, King Ahasuerus, Anne Boleyn and Queen Esther

On 2nd April 1536, Passion Sunday, Anne Boleyn’s almoner, John Skip, preached a rather controversial sermon in the presence of King Henry VIII. Skip’s sermon was based on the Old Testament story of King Ahasuerus “who was moved by a wicked minister to destroy the Jews” but Queen Esther stepped in with different advice and […]

2nd April 1536 – John Skip’s Controversial Sermon

| April 2, 2014

2nd April 1536 – John Skip’s Controversial Sermon

The following is an excerpt from my book The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown… On the 2nd April 1536, Anne Boleyn’s almoner, John Skip, preached an incredibly controversial sermon on the Old Testament story of Queen Esther. This sermon did not help Anne’s already troubled relationship with Cromwell. As well as serving as a […]

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

| May 24, 2013

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

I thought I’d write a review (well, more of a rundown) of the BBC2 programme The Last Days of Anne Boleyn for those of you who missed it or are unable to see it. I sat scribbling notes as fast as I could and I hope this makes sense! The programme flitted between a narrator […]

2 April 1536 – John Skip’s Passion Sunday Sermon

| April 1, 2012

2 April 1536 – John Skip’s Passion Sunday Sermon

On this day in history, 2nd April 1536, Anne Boleyn’s almoner, John Skip, preached a rather controversial sermon in front of the King. Skip’s theme was “Quis ex vobis arguet me de peccato?” or “Which of you can convict me of sin?”. Skip spoke “defending the clergy from their defamers and from the immoderate zeal […]

Anne Boleyn and the Reformation

| March 29, 2010

Anne Boleyn and the Reformation

It seems fitting during Holy Week to look at Anne Boleyn’s role in the English Reformation. However, one of the mysteries surrounding Anne Boleyn is what Anne herself believed, i.e. her own personal faith, and what her role in the English Reformation actually was. Historians just can’t seem to agree! In his report, “Anne Boleyn’s […]