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11 February 1531 – Henry VIII becomes Supreme Head of the English Church.

| February 11, 2015

11 February 1531 – Henry VIII becomes Supreme Head of the English Church.

On this day in history, 11 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 […]

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Final Day – Life in Exile

| January 25, 2015

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Final Day – Life in Exile

For the final day of the virtual book tour for her book Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey, Adrienne is visiting The Tudor Society with a guest article about what life in exile was like for people like Catherine Carey and her husband Francis Knollys in the reign of Mary I. Click here to […]

3 January 1521 – The Excommunication of Martin Luther

| January 3, 2014

3 January 1521 – The Excommunication of Martin Luther

On 3rd January 1521, Pope Leo X issued the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem excommunicating Martin Luther, reformer, German priest and Professor of Theology, from the Catholic Church. The Pope had asked Luther to retract his “Ninety-Five Theses” (full name: The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences or Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis […]

Anne Boleyn, William Tyndale and Henry VIII

| October 2, 2013

Anne Boleyn, William Tyndale and Henry VIII

The 2nd October 1528 saw the publication of English reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale’s “The Obedience of the Christian Man” (full title: “The Obedience of a Christen man, and how Christen rulers ought to govern, wherein also (if thou mark diligently) thou shalt find eyes to perceive the crafty convience of all jugglers”) in […]

18 June 1546 – Anne Askew Arraigned at Guildhall for Heresy

| June 18, 2013

18 June 1546 – Anne Askew Arraigned at Guildhall for Heresy

On 18th June 1546, Anne Askew, a young woman from Lincolnshire who we know now as a Protestant martyr and poet, was arraigned for heresy at London’s Guildhall along with Nicholas Shaxton, Nicholas White and John Hadlam (Adlams or Adams). They were all found guilty and condemned to death. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley […]

The Boleyns and Religion Webinar

| January 23, 2012

The Boleyns and Religion Webinar

This Thursday, the 26th January, I will be holding a webinar (online talk) for Anne Boleyn Fellowship members on “The Boleyns and Religion”. I will be exploring such questions as:- Were the Boleyns really “more Lutheran than Luther himself”? Was their faith personal or was it politically motivated? What evidence is there of their beliefs? […]

Martin Luther and Anne Boleyn

| January 3, 2012

Martin Luther and Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 3rd January 1521, Pope Leo X issued the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem excommunicating Reformer, German priest and professor of theology Martin Luther from the Catholic Church. The Pope had asked Luther to retract his Ninety-Five Theses (full name: The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences or […]

“Anne Boleyn on Trial Again” – Eric Ives on G W Bernard’s “Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions”

| October 21, 2011

“Anne Boleyn on Trial Again” – Eric Ives on G W Bernard’s “Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions”

Professor Eric Ives has just published his review of G W Bernard’s “Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions” in the October edition of “The Journal of Ecclesiastical History” and it’s a wonderful read and well worth downloading from the Cambridge Journals website. As you may know, Bernard and Ives have never seen eye to eye on Anne […]