April 26 – Has Anne Boleyn realised something is wrong? Plus Catherine Carey gets married, and Shakespeare is baptised

| April 26, 2022

April 26 – Has Anne Boleyn realised something is wrong? Plus Catherine Carey gets married, and Shakespeare is baptised

On this day in Tudor history, 26th April 1536, six days before her arrest, Queen Anne Boleyn met with her chaplain, Matthew Parker. Perhaps Anne Boleyn had got wind of something going on at court. Parker later reported that the words that she spoke to him that day had such an impact on him that […]

17 December – A promise made to Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII’s excommunication

| December 17, 2021

17 December – A promise made to Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII’s excommunication

On this day in Tudor history, 17th December 1559, fifty-five-year-old Matthew Parker was consecrated as Queen Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury. It was an office which Parker did not want and would not have accepted if “he had not been so much bound to the mother”. What did he mean by that? Well, when he […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -23

| April 26, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -23

On this day in 1536, in the lead up to Queen Anne Boleyn’s fall, Anne met with her chaplain, Matthew Parker. The words that Anne Boleyn spoke to Parker that day had such an impact on him that they stayed with him for the rest of his life and made him take an office that […]

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn and Matthew Parker’s meeting – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| April 26, 2019

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn and Matthew Parker’s meeting – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in 1536, 26th April, Queen Anne Boleyn met with her chaplain, Matthew Parker, and the words that she spoke to him that day had such an impact on him that they stayed with him for the rest of his life and made him take a job serving her daughter, that he just […]

6 August 1504 – The birth of Matthew Parker, a man loyal to Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I

| August 6, 2018

6 August 1504 – The birth of Matthew Parker, a man loyal to Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I

On this day in history, 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, a man who served as chaplain to Queen Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, and as Archbishop of Canterbury to Queen Elizabeth I, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich, East Anglia, to a worsted weaver and his wife. His loyalty to his […]

26 April 1536 – The queen meets with her chaplain

| April 26, 2018

26 April 1536 – The queen meets with her chaplain

According to Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury in Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, it was on or around this date (six days before Anne’s arrest) that he met with Queen Anne Boleyn. He was serving as one of her chaplains at the time. According to Parker, she spoke words to him that day that made him […]

6 August 1504 – Birth of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury and good friend to Anne Boleyn

| August 6, 2017

6 August 1504 – Birth of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury and good friend to Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich, East Anglia. He was born the son of a worsted weaver but his destiny wasn’t weaving, Parker was destined for the Church and for royal service too. In around 1520, Parker began his studies at Corpus […]

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Matthew Parker and a promise

| April 26, 2017

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Matthew Parker and a promise

Sometime around 26th April 1536, six days before her arrest, Queen Anne Boleyn met with her chaplain Matthew Parker and made him promise to do something for her. We have no idea what was said at this meeting, what Anne wanted him to do, but whatever was said was something that stayed with Parker and […]