28 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer proclaims that the king’s marriage to Anne Boleyn is valid

| May 28, 2018

28 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer proclaims that the king’s marriage to Anne Boleyn is valid

On this day in history, just four days before the coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn, and just the day before the coronation celebrations kicked off, Thomas Cranmer, the recently appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, proclaimed the validity of the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. This proclamation at Lambeth Palace was the result of a […]

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer hears news of Anne Boleyn’s arrest

| May 3, 2018

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer hears news of Anne Boleyn’s arrest

On 3rd May 1536, news of Queen Anne Boleyn’s arrest at Greenwich palace reached the ears of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. The archbishop was incredibly shocked that his good friend and patron had been arrested and he immediately wrote to the king. I don’t envy Cranmer writing this letter. On the one hand, he […]

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer is tried in Oxford

| September 12, 2017

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer is tried in Oxford

On this day in history, Thursday 12th September 1555, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, was tried for heresy at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. The court was presided over by James Brooks, Bishop of Gloucester and the representative of the Pope, and Dr Martin and Dr Storey, Queen Mary I’s […]

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 […]