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1533 – Henry VIII Marries Anne Boleyn

25 Jan

 

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The wedding was conducted in secret at the now lost Palace of Whitehall in London, at a time where, according to the Catholic Church in Rome, Henry was still married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, the official annulment being declared on the 23rd of May.  According to Nicholas Harpsfield, writing at the time of the reign of Henry’s oldest daughter Mary I, only four people were in attendance, with the king telling the minister that he had a license to be wed despite not showing it, claiming it was in another location for safekeeping.  Anne may have already been pregnant at the time, as evidenced by the fact that her only living child, the future Elizabeth I, was born just eight months later on 7 September; another reason for a secret marriage.  By March, when he questioned Henry about the rumors of a royal wedding being planned for Easter, even the Archbishop of Canterbury was shocked to hear from the king himself that he was already married!

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Posted by on January 25, 2017 in British Royalty, The Tudors, Today in History

 

One response to “1533 – Henry VIII Marries Anne Boleyn

  1. Jennifer Richter

    January 28, 2017 at 5:08 AM

    My absolute favorite time in history ❤

     

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