Otd, March 23, 1534, happened to be a very special day for King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn because it was on this day that Parliament passed the Act of Succession.
The First Act of Succession declared the validity of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn and recognized the rights of their issue to inherit the throne. While Rome would seem Princess Elizabeth as illegitimate, Parliament vested the succession in the heirs of Henry and Anne Boleyn.
The Act required subjects to swear an oath, the Oath of Succession, renouncing any foreign authority and recognizing Anne Boleyn as Henry VIII’s wife and their children as legitimate heirs to the succession.
Here are the highlights of the full Act of Succession: •Parliament’s declaration that the marriage between “the Lady Katherine” and the King was “void and annulled” – “definitively, clearly, and absolutely declared, deemed, and adjudged to be against the laws of Almighty God, and also accepted, reputed, and taken of no value nor effect, but utterly void and annulled, and the separation thereof, made by the said archbishop, shall be good and effectual to all intents and purposes; any licence, dispensation, or any other act or acts going afore, or ensuing the same, or to the contrary thereof, in any wise notwithstanding; and that every such licence, dispensation, act or acts, thing or things heretofore had, made, done, or to be done to the contrary thereof, shall be void and of none effect ; and that the said Lady Katherine shall be from henceforth called and reputed only dowager to Prince Arthur, and not queen of this realm
•Parliament’s Declaration that the marriage between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was valid – “that the lawful matrimony had and solemnized between your highness and your most dear and entirely beloved wife Queen Anne, shall be established, and taken for undoubtful, true, sincere, and perfect ever hereafter, according to the just judgment of the 1534.” Continued in comments⬇️