On July 11, 1533, Pope Clement VII excommunicated England’s King Henry VIII. If you are familiar with English history, you know that Henry asked to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled because she hadn’t given birth to a son. The Pope refused to grant the annulment, and Henry responded by making himself head of the Church of England.
All of this happened so Henry VIII could marry Anne Boleyn. As we now know, poor Anne wasn’t able to give Henry a son either. In fact, there is a great deal of speculation today that Henry’s health issues may have been the culprit.
Regardless, today we celebrate England’s break from the Papacy with recipes for a Tudor-era feast.
- Recipes from the Tudor Kitchen.
- History Cookbook: Tudors.
- Recipes from the Tudor Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.
- On the Tudor Trail: Recipes, Food and Cooking in Tudor England.