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in 1533,King Henry VIII's newborn daughter by Queen Anne Boleyn,Princess Elizabeth,was christened at Greenwich Palace in the Chapel of Observant Friars.This was a lavish ceremony,planned by King Henry and the rest of the palace,although he did not attend the christening.Elizabeth, only three days old at the time,was processed down a long green carpet from the Great Hall in the palace to the Chapel.She was flanked by her Godparents,Thomas Cranmer and the Duchess of Norfolk...

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March 21, 1556 – In Oxford, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer is burned at the stake on the orders of Queen Mary I. The execution was largely an act of revenge for Cranmer's part in arranging the divorce of Mary's parents, Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.

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Matilda's Keepsakes and Secrets

Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon's annulment This is the sentence of Thomas Cranmer’s court at Dunstable in the proceedings of Henry and Katherine’s marriage in 1533. You can see a copy of the only known existing sample of Katherine's handwriting in our beautiful activity book 'Matilda's Keepsakes and Secrets' from

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Thomas Cranmer was born on this day 2nd July, 1489. A leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury, he was Archbishop during the reign of Henry VIII, Edward VI and for a short time, Mary !. He helped build a favourable case for Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and along with Thomas Cromwell, he supported the principle of Royal Supremacy, in which the king was considered sovereign over the Church within his realm. Window in the Chapel of Emmanuel College, Cambridge

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The Great Bible - Thomas Cromwell’s injunctions of September 1538 required every parish to purchase a copy of an English Bible and place it in ‘some convenient place’ for all to see and read. To meet this demand, the Great Bible, so called because of its size, was put into production. This particular Bible with its coloured title page was very probably Henry VIII’s personal copy.

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Anne Boleyn's last confession. Interestingly, shortly before her execution on charges of adultery, the Queen's marriage to the King was dissolved and declared invalid. One would wonder then how she could have committed adultery if she had in fact never been married to the King, but this was overlooked, as were so many other lapses of logic in the charges against Anne. She was executed on May 19, 1536 in a private execution.

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Dunstable Priory, Bedfordshire, England. Built in the reign of Henry I in 1132. It was also the scene of the trial and divorce of Catherine of Aragon.It was here that Archbishop Thomas Crammer pronounced the marriage of Henry VIII illegal and the document he issued to record this was the last ever to describe the Primate of England as an official of the Church of Rome

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“She who has been the Queen of England on earth will today become a Queen in Heaven.” — Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, on hearing of Anne Boleyn’s execution.

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The besotted Henry VIII never suspected that the wife he presumed to be pure and innocent was carrying on an affair behind his back. When Thomas Cranmer, presented Henry with evidence of Catherine's indiscretions, the king was stunned. Cranmer, a reformist, was determined to push Catherine Howard and her Catholic family out of power, but did not get his opportunity until the brother of a chamberwoman to the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, John Lascelles, came to him with details of her affairs.

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