Birth of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury

| August 6, 2015

Birth of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury

On this day in history, 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury to Elizabeth I, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich. Parker was the son of worsted weaver William Parker and his wife Alice Monings [Monins] from Kent. I have a real soft spot for Parker. […]

26 April 1536 – “not forgetting what words her grace’s mother said to me of her”

| April 26, 2015

26 April 1536 – “not forgetting what words her grace’s mother said to me of her”

In 1558 Matthew Parker became Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury. “What’s that got to do with Anne Boleyn and April 1536?”, you may well ask. Parker did not want the position, he did not believe that he was right for the post or fit enough to take it (he’d just suffered a nasty fall from […]

17 December 1559 – Matthew Parker consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury

| December 17, 2014

17 December 1559 – Matthew Parker consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury

On this day in history, 17th December 1559, Matthew Parker was consecrated as Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury. Parker had been offered the post of Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury in 1558, a post which he did not believe that he was right for or fit enough for (he’d had a nasty fall from a […]

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

| August 6, 2014

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

On 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury in her daughter’s reign, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich. Parker was the son of worsted weaver William Parker and his wife Alice Monings [Monins] from Kent. Parker was educated at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, where he […]

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn asks Matthew Parker to watch over Elizabeth

| April 26, 2014

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn asks Matthew Parker to watch over Elizabeth

Sometime around 26th April, Queen Anne Boleyn met with her chaplain Matthew Parker and asked him to watch over her two year-old daughter. We don’t know what was said, but when he was offered the post of Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury in 1558, a post which he did not believe that he was right […]

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn Meets with Matthew Parker, Her Chaplain

| April 26, 2013

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn Meets with Matthew Parker, Her Chaplain

Around 26th April 1536 Anne Boleyn met with one of her chaplains, her “countryman” Matthew Parker. We do not know what was said at this meeting, but from letters written by Matthew Parker in Elizabeth I’s reign we can infer that Anne asked Parker to watch over her daughter, the two year-old Princess Elizabeth, if […]

26th April 1536 – Anne Boleyn Sees Her Chaplain and Cromwell Locks Himself Away

| April 26, 2011

26th April 1536 – Anne Boleyn Sees Her Chaplain and Cromwell Locks Himself Away

Two worrying and strange events have come to our notice here at The Anne Boleyn Files. According to our sources at court and in the Queen’s household Queen Anne Boleyn has made an appointment to see her chaplain of two years, 32 year old Matthew Parker, and Thomas Cromwell has locked himself away with Dr […]

Anne Boleyn’s Household

| March 16, 2011

Anne Boleyn’s Household

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article on some of Anne Boleyn’s ladies – see Anne Boleyn’s Ladies-in-waiting and the comments section below it – so I thought it would also be good to look at the men who made up Anne Boleyn’s household:- William Coffin – Master of the Horse Eric Ives, […]