Tudor History with Claire Ridgway

Tudor History with Claire Ridgway


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September 21 - Robert Dudley's secret marriage
September 20, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, Sunday 21st September 1578, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, married Lettice Dereveux (née Knollys) in a secret marriage at his house. So secret was it that he only told his chaplain and h.

September 20 - Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales
September 19, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 20th September 1486, King Henry VII's wife, Elizabeth of York, gave birth to the couple's first child at Winchester.The baby was a boy and was baptised Arthur, named after the legendary King Arthur. There were high hopes fo..

September 19 - Robert Glover and Cornelius Bungey, two of the Coventry Martyrs
September 18, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 19th September 1555, in the reign of the Catholic Queen Mary I, Protestants Robert Glover and Cornelius Bungey, were burned at the stake for heresy at a site in Little Park Street, Coventry. They were two of twelve martyrs b.

September 18 - A victorious Henry VIII
September 17, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 18th September 1544, Henry VIII rode triumphantly through the streets of Boulogne after the French surrendered it to him. This English victory came after the first siege of Boulogne of 1544 which saw the town "sore assault...

September 17 - A loyal courtier dies of plague
September 16, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 17th September 1563, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, courtier and soldier Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland, died during an outbreak of the plague, which was rife in London that year and killed about 24% of London's citi.

September 16 - Henry VIII and Catherine Howard get lots of money!
September 15, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 16th September 1541, King Henry VIII entered the city of York as part of his Northern Progress with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard. This was a chance for the people of the North to show their loyalty to their king and hi...

September 15 - A Tudor taxman
September 14, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 15th September 1500, in the reign of King Henry VII, John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury, cardinal and Henry’s Lord Chancellor, died at Knole in Kent. John Morton was not a very popular man with the English people due to...

September 14 - Henry VIII the shrine destroyer
September 13, 2019

Yes, on this day in Tudor history, 14th September 1538, a religious shrine which had stood since the early 12th century, was destroyed on the orders of King Henry VIII. The Shrine of Our Lady of Caversham was destroyed as part of Henry VIII's Dissolutio..

September 13 - William Cecil, Elizabeth I's "spirit"
September 12, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 13th September 1520, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley and Queen Elizabeth I's chief advisor, was born in Bourne in Lincolnshire.  In today's talk, Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History, fleshes out Willi...

September 12 - Thomas Cranmer is in big trouble!
September 11, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, Thursday 12th September 1555, in the reign of Catholic Queen Mary, the trial of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, began in Oxford.  Archbishop Cranmer, who had, of course, played his part in the annulment of Mary I...