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The Tudor Society

3 June – Sir Thomas More is interrogated

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd June 1535, Sir Thomas More, King Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor and good friend, was interrogated in the Tower of London by members of the king's council.

These men were trying to get More to give a definitive answer on whether the statute of supremacy was lawful, seeing as he'd refused to take the oath of supremacy.

What happened on their visit and what was said afterwards?

Find out in today's video.

Also on this day in history:

  • 1535 – Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's Vicar-General, ordered all bishops to preach in support of the royal supremacy and to remove all references to the Pope from mass books and other church books.
  • 1536 – Richard Sampson was nominated as Bishop of Chichester by Henry VIII. Sampson had acted as the King’s proctor in the annulment proceedings of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn in May 1536.
  • 1594 – Death of John Aylmer, Bishop of London, at Fulham Palace. He was buried at St Paul's Cathedral.

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3 June – Sir Thomas More is interrogated