Wednesday, May 28, 2008

On this day in 1533...

His Grace opened a can of worms by declaring the marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn to be politically and theologically valid.

He didn't have an awful lot of choice, but has no regrets.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you your Grace for the clip of 'Spem in Allium'.

von Hayek

28 May 2008 at 23:09  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

and what did woolsey think??

28 May 2008 at 23:52  
Anonymous wrinkled weasel said...

As we know, His Grace came to martyrdom a little late in his career, along with the realisation that he had a bad hand, but is none the worse for that and keeps a fine blog.

28 May 2008 at 23:57  
Anonymous BIGDAN said...

Hadn't Wolsey been executed by this point, hear o israel?

29 May 2008 at 10:20  
Anonymous Rose said...

This angelic birdsong is the way to lift us up. Thank you.

29 May 2008 at 11:12  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Hmmmm! Interesting that His Grace chose a piece of music whose words were changed by one King (I forget which) also intent on re-editing the faith to suit himself! I wonder if he realises the irony....... I suspect not.

Sorry, Your Grace.

29 May 2008 at 21:08  
Anonymous Martin said...

We all have a choice, Cranmer. You made the wrong one. Just cast an eye on the creature you spawned: theologically and politically muddled. Nothing to be proud of.

30 May 2008 at 02:58  
Anonymous E. J. Thompson said...

Your Grace:

Thank you for having selected Spem in Alium, the finest piece of music by England's greatest Roman Catholic composer of the sixteenth century.

By the way, Wolsey died on November 29, 1530 at Leicester of natural causes.

1 June 2008 at 04:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I belatedly comment on his Grace's point in that the succession of her current majesty Elizabeth I of Scotland and II of Ebgland is not affected by Henry VIII's many marriages in that she is not descended from him. Her right to the throne of England comes from Margaret Tudor, wife of King James IV of Scotland, daughter of the marriage of Henry Tudoe, Earl of Pembroke and VII of that name and Elizabeth Woodville dfaughter if Edward IV of England. It can also be argued that she is descended from another Margaret, sister of Edgar Atheling (claimant to the throne of England on the death of Harold Godwinson) from her marriage to Malcom III of Scots

9 June 2008 at 21:36  

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