On 17th December 1559, just over a year after Queen Elizabeth I had come to the throne, 55-year-old Matthew Parker was consecrated as her Archbishop of Canterbury.
Parker wasn’t in the best of health, having suffered a horse-riding accident, and felt that he was not right for the post, but a promise he’d made to Elizabeth’s mother, Queen Anne Boleyn, haunted him and made him take the post.
He’d made the promise to Anne on 26th April 1536, just days before her arrest. Here’s my video about that day:
If you’re interested in finding out more about the influential group of men that aided Elizabeth in her rise to power, you can read an article by Robert Parry over at The Anne Boleyn Files – click here.