11 February 1531 – Convocation grants Henry VIII the title of Supreme Head of the English Church

| February 11, 2016

11 February 1531 – Convocation grants Henry VIII the title of Supreme Head of the English Church

On this day in history, 11th February 1531, Convocation granted Henry VIII the title of “singular protector, supreme lord, and even, so far as the law of Christ allows, supreme head of the English church and clergy”, and it was George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Anne Boleyn, who played a prominent role in […]

15 January 1535 – Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church in England

| January 15, 2016

15 January 1535 – Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church in England

On this day in history, 15th January 1535, King Henry VIII proclaimed that he was now Supreme Head of the Church of England. Here is the record from Letters and Papers: “Memorandum that the King in his privy chamber, 15 January 26 Hen. VIII., in presence of Sir Thos. Audley, lord Chancellor, Thos. duke of […]

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore

| June 19, 2014

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore

On 19 June 1535, Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, monks of the Carthusian Order of London Charterhouse, were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Their crime was refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church after his marriage to Anne Boleyn and subsequent break with Rome. Between May […]