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 […]

3 May 1536 – A shocked archbishop and concerns over the investigation – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 3, 2019

3 May 1536 – A shocked archbishop and concerns over the investigation – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in 1536, 3rd May, a shocked Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to King Henry VIII regarding what he’d heard about Queen Anne Boleyn. Meanwhile, the investigation into the queen wasn’t quite going according to plan as the arrested men were not ‘playing ball’. I give details on what happened on 3rd […]

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 […]