8th June 1536 – The Lady Mary Writes to Henry VIII & The Second Act of Succession is Passed

On the 8th June 1536, Henry’s eldest daughter, Mary wrote a letter to her father. She had been trying to reconcile with her father for a while, following Anne Boleyn’s execution. This is the record of her letter from the Letters and Papers:
‘Begs his daily blessing. Though she understands, to her inestimable comfort, that he has forgiven all her offences and withdrawn his displeasure long time conceived against her, her joy will not be full till she is allowed to come to his presence. Begs pardon for her continual suit and rude writing, for nature will suffer her to do no otherwise. Hopes God will preserve him and the Queen, and send them a prince.
Hownsdon, 8 June.’

While Mary was writing this letter, Parliament passed the Second Act of Succession. They confirmed that the King was ‘lawfully divorced’ from Anne Boleyn and then confirmed the illegitimacy of Mary and Elizabeth:
‘May it now please your Majesty, for the extinguishment of all doubts, and for the pure and perfect unity of us your subjects, and all our posterities, that inasmuch as the marriage with the Lady Catherine having been invalid, the issue of that marriage is therefore illegitimate; and the marriage with the Lady Anne Boleyn having been upon true and just causes deemed of no value nor effect, the issue of this marriage is also illegitimate; the succession to the throne be now therefore determined to the issue of the marriage with Queen Jane.’

Sources:

LP x. 1083

LP x. 1087

‘The Essential James A.Froude Collection’, p1305

 

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A painting of the Lady Mary.

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