26 April 1536 – The queen meets with her chaplain

| April 26, 2018

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 […]

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

| April 26, 2017

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 […]

Matthew Parker, a man “so much bound” to Anne Boleyn

| August 6, 2016

Matthew Parker, a man “so much bound” 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 – Matthew Parker makes a promise to Queen Anne Boleyn

| April 26, 2016

26 April 1536 – Matthew Parker makes a promise to Queen Anne Boleyn

On or around this day in history, 26th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn met with her chaplain Matthew Parker and made him promise to do something for her. This promise stayed with him and caused him to feel so bound to Anne’s daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth I in 1558, that he took the office […]

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 […]

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 […]