The Tudor Society
  • #OTD in Tudor history – 7 March

    A map of the Great Comet's course by Paul Fabricius, and portraits of Pope Clement VII and Henry VIII

    On this day in Tudor history, 7th March, the Pope threatened Henry VIII with excommunication of her married again, Germaine Gardiner and John Larke were executed for denying the royal supremacy, and the Great Comet was seen…

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  • December 17 – The excommunication of Henry VIII

    On this day in Tudor history, 17th December 1538, King Henry VIII was excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Paul III.

    The papacy had threatened the English king with excommunication several times during the Great Matter, but the final straw was Henry VIII’s desecration of one of the holiest shrines in Europe.

    How did Henry VIII go from being “Defender of the Faith” to being excommunicated? Find out…

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