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27 April 1536 – Something’s afoot at Henry VIII’s court

| April 27, 2017

On 27th April 1536, three days after commissions of oyer and terminer had been set up by Thomas Audley, writs were issued summoning Parliament to meet on 8th June and a letter was sent to Archbishop Cranmer asking him to attend Parliament. “Why should we see this as a sign that something is afoot?”, you […]

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 […]

27 April 1536 – The King might leave the said concubine

| April 27, 2015

27 April 1536 – The King might leave the said concubine

According to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, on 27th April 1536 John Stokesley, Bishop of London, was consulted for advice regarding whether the King could set aside his marriage to Anne Boleyn. Chapuys wrote to Charles V: “The brother of lord Montague told me yesterday at dinner that the day before the bishop of London […]

27 April 1536 – The King considers abandoning Anne Boleyn

| April 27, 2014

27 April 1536 – The King considers abandoning Anne Boleyn

On 27th April 1536, John Stokesley, Bishop of London, was consulted for advice regarding the King wanting to abandon Anne Boleyn. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, was told the news by Geoffrey Pole and passed it on to Charles V: “The brother of lord Montague told me yesterday at dinner that the day before the […]

27 April 1536 – Parliament Summoned

| April 27, 2013

27 April 1536 – Parliament Summoned

On 27th April 1536, writs were issued summoning Parliament, and a letter was sent to Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, asking him to attend Parliament. Here is the relevant section from the Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII: “Summons to the archbishop of Canterbury to attend the Parliament which is to meet […]