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Tudor Minute May 23: Annulment of Henry VIII’s Marriage to Catherine of Aragon

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for May 23.

Today in 1533 Archbishop Cranmer ruled that Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon was well and truly void.

“My lord of Canterbury gave sentence this day at 11 o’clock in the great cause of matrimony; has declared it to be against the law of God, and has divorced the King from the noble lady Katharine. He has used himself in this matter very honorably, and all who have been sent hither on the King’s behalf have acted diligently and towardly. Sentence shall be given for the King’s second contract of matrimony before the Feast of Pentecost. The process is partly devised. 23 May.”

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at englandcast.com.