28 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer Proclaims Validity of Henry VIII’s Marriage to Anne Boleyn

| May 28, 2012

Following on from the decision of the special court held at Dunstable, and Cramner’s declaration that Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon was invalid and had been annulled, Cranmer proclaimed the validity of Henry’s marriage to Anne Boleyn on this day in 1533. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had already been married four months, […]

The First Act of Succession – 23 March 1534

| March 23, 2012

This day in history, 23rd March 1534, was an important day for King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn because it was on this day that Parliament passed the Act of Succession. You can read the full Act of Succession in the book “Documents Illustrative of the History of the English Church”, which is available […]

25 January 1533 – Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| January 25, 2012

According to Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn on St Paul’s Day, the 25th January 1533. In a letter to Archdeacon Hawkyns, written in June 1533 and recording Anne Boleyn’s coronation, Cranmer wrote:- “But now, sir, you may not imagine that this coronation was before her marriage; for she was married much about St […]

Pope Clement VII Forbids Henry VIII to Remarry – 5 January 1531

| January 5, 2012

On this day in history, 5th January 1531, Pope Clement VII wrote to Henry VIII forbidding him to remarry and threatening him with excommunication of he took matters into his own hands and disobeyed Rome:- “At the request of the Queen, forbids Henry to remarry until the decision of the case, and declares that if […]