17 May 1536 – The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is annulled

| May 17, 2017

17 May 1536 – The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is annulled

On the same day that George Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were executed on Tower Hill, the marriage of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, was annulled. At a special court at Lambeth Palace, in the presence of Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor; Charles Brandon, […]

16 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is in hope of life

| May 16, 2017

On this day in history, Tuesday 16th May, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, reported to Thomas Cromwell that “this day at dinner the queen said that she should go to a nunnery and is in hope of life.” But the previous day, Anne Boleyn had been sentenced to death for high […]

3 May 1536 – A letter from Archbishop Cranmer to Henry VIII

| May 3, 2017

On this day in history, 3rd May 1536, a very shocked Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII’s Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to the king regarding the arrest of his good friend and patron, Queen Anne Boleyn. In the letter, Cranmer wrote: “I am clean amazed, for I had never better opinion of woman”, but then tempered this […]

30 March 1533 – Thomas Cranmer is consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury

| March 30, 2017

On this day in history, 30th March 1533, at the Passion Sunday service, Thomas Cranmer, Archdeacon of Taunton, was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury by the Bishops of Lincoln, Exeter, and St Asaph at St Stephen’s College, Westminster Palace. Read more… Cranmer’s predecessor, William Warham, had died on 22nd August 1532. Cranmer was Archbishop of […]

21 March 1556 – Thomas Cranmer’s martyrdom

| March 21, 2017

21 March 1556 – Thomas Cranmer’s martyrdom

On this day in history, 21st March 1556, Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake in Oxford after being found guilty of heresy in the reign of Mary I. He is one of three Protestant bishops who were executed in Mary I’s reign and who have become known as the Oxford […]

13 November 1553 – The trial of an archbishop and a queen

| November 13, 2016

On this day in history, 13th November 1553, Lady Jane Grey (or Queen Jane as I think of her) was tried for treason in a public trial at Guildhall, London, along with her husband Guildford Dudley, his brothers Ambrose and Henry, and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. They were all found guilty and condemned to death, the […]

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

| November 2, 2016

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

All Souls’ Day is the feast day when forgotten souls, those souls in purgatory who might not have any masses or prayers being said for them, are remembered and it was at the special All Souls’ mass of 1541 that Henry VIII’s happy world came crashing down. Previous to this, Henry VIII had been blissfully […]

12 September 1555 – The Trial of Archbishop Cranmer begins

| September 12, 2016

12 September 1555 – The Trial of Archbishop Cranmer begins

On this day in history, Thursday 12th September 1555, the trial of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, began at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. Cranmer, who had served both King Henry VIII and King Edward VI as Archbishop of Canterbury, stood accused on this day in Mary I’s reign of […]