henry's reconciliation with anne boleyn

THIS DAY IN HISTORY:   January 25th, 1533- King Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn in a secret ceremony at Whitehall.

“… the King was married to Lady Anne Boleyn long ere there was any divorce made by the said Archbishop [of Canterbury]. The marriage was secretly made at Whitehall very early before day, none being present but Mr Norris and Mr Henage of the Privy Chamber and the Lady Barkeley, with Mr. Rowland the King’s chaplain… To whom the King told that now he had gotten of the Pope a licence to marry another wife, and yet to avoid business and tumult the thing must be done (quoth the King) very secretly; and thereupon a time and place was appointed to the said Master Rowland to solemnize the said marriage.” –Nicholas Harpsfield

Artwork:  Henry’s reconciliation with Anne Boleyn by George Cruikshank