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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: Anne Boleyn Beheaded for Adultery (1536)


Anne Boleyn Beheaded for Adultery (1536)

Boleyn was the second queen consort of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. Anne’s marriage to Henry was a key part of the English Reformation. Henry had divorced his first wife to marry Anne, whom he hoped would produce a male heir. When she did not, she was brought to trial on charges of adultery and incest. Under great pressure, a court headed by her uncle—the Duke of Norfolk—condemned her, and she was beheaded. According to one account, what did her executioner do before beheading her? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THOMAS CRANMER BECOMES ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY (1533)


Thomas Cranmer Becomes Archbishop of Canterbury (1533)

Cranmer was the archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of the English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. He promoted and proclaimed Henry‘s various marriages and divorces according to the king’s will and endorsed the translation of the Bible into English. Though limited under Henry, Cranmer shaped the doctrinal and liturgical transformation of the Church of England during Edward’s reign and was responsible for much of the first Book of Common Prayer. Why was Cranmer burned at the stakeMore… Discuss

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