June 9 – Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer

| June 9, 2022

June 9 – Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer

On this day in Tudor history, 9th June 1549, in the reign of King Edward VI, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer was used for the very first time. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s publication was used at Whitsun services all around England. This was a huge day for the English Reformation as it meant […]

May 3 – Cranmer is shocked by the allegations concerning Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 3, 2022

May 3 – Cranmer is shocked by the allegations concerning Queen Anne Boleyn

On this day in 1536, 3rd May, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, sat down and wrote to King Henry VIII regarding what he’d heard about Queen Anne Boleyn. He was shocked by what he’d heard regarding the allegations made against her but had to be careful in what he said to the king. Meanwhile, the […]

March 30 – Thomas Cranmer and his protestation, and A “pregnant” Mary I makes her will

| March 30, 2022

March 30 – Thomas Cranmer and his protestation, and A “pregnant” Mary I makes her will

On this day in Tudor history, 30th March 1533, at the Passion Sunday service, Thomas Cranmer, Archdeacon of Taunton, was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury. His consecration was not like those of others before him, however, because as well as making the usual oath promising to be faithful to the papacy and to denounce heretics, […]

March 21 – Elizabeth I takes to her bed and The end of Thomas Cranmer

| March 21, 2022

March 21 – Elizabeth I takes to her bed and The end of Thomas Cranmer

On this day in Tudor history, 21st March 1603, a dying Queen Elizabeth I finally took to her bed. Elizabeth I had been queen since November 1558, but now she was dying. She had deep-rooted melancholy, couldn’t sleep and was refusing to eat. She spent her days lying on cushions in her withdrawing chamber. But […]

4 December – Murder made to look like suicide and the beginning of the end for Thomas Cranmer

| December 4, 2021

4 December – Murder made to look like suicide and the beginning of the end for Thomas Cranmer

On this day in Tudor history, 4th December 1514, merchant tailor and leading member of the Lollard community in London, Richard Hunne died while imprisoned in the Lollard’s Tower at St Paul’s. Hunne, who had been arrested for heresy in October 1514, was discovered hanging from the ceiling of his cell. The Bishop of London […]

2 November – The birth of King Edward V and the beginning of the end for Catherine Howard

| November 2, 2021

2 November – The birth of King Edward V and the beginning of the end for Catherine Howard

On this day in history, 2nd November 1470, the feast of All Souls, King Edward V was born at Westminster Abbey, London. Young Edward was King of England for just 2 months in 1483 before he disappeared. The events of his short life, his short reign and how it ended, are linked to the Tudors […]

16 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn thinks she could go to a nunnery – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 16, 2021

16 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn thinks she could go to a nunnery – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 16th May 1536, just the day after she had been tried, found guilty and sentenced to death, Queen Anne Boleyn was suddenly hopeful and seemed to think her life might be spared. Why? What could have made her so hopeful? Find out more about what happened to Anne on […]

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer is shocked and the investigation hits a snag

| May 3, 2021

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer is shocked and the investigation hits a snag

On this day in history, 3rd May 1536, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, crafted a careful letter to Henry VIII expressing his shock at the news of Queen Anne Boleyn’s arrest. As Cranmer was writing his very carefully worded letter, the investigation, if it can be called that, wasn’t going so well as the men […]