Tudor History with Claire Ridgway

Tudor History with Claire Ridgway


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October 15 - Edward VI's christening and who was there
October 14, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 15th October 1537, Prince Edward ( future King Edward VI), son of King Henry VIII and his third wife, Queen Jane Seymour, was christened in a lavish ceremony in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. He was three days old.

October 14 - The trial of Mary, Queen of Scots
October 13, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 14th October 1586, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots, began at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire. Although Mary did not recognise the authority of the commission and had threatened ...

October 13 - The beginning of the end for Edward Seymour
October 12, 2019

This day in Tudor history, 13th October 1549, was the beginning of the end for Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Edward VI's uncle, for it was on this day that the king's council abolished both his protectorate and his membership of the Council. Som...

October 12 - Jane Seymour gives birth to Edward
October 11, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 12th October 1537, the eve of the Feast of St Edward the Confessor, Queen Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a baby who would become King Edward VI.Edward VI was born at Hampton Court Palace after a ..

October 11 - A procession and prayers for Queen Jane Seymour
October 10, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 11th October 1537, poor Jane Seymour was in labour with her first and only child, Edward VI. It was a long and difficult labour, and on 11th October, there was a solemn procession in the city of London to pray for her. Af...

October 10 - Elizabeth I comes down with smallpox
October 09, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 10th October 1562, twenty-nine-year-old Queen Elizabeth I was taken ill at Hampton Court Palace, with what was thought to be a bad cold. However, Elizabeth actually had smallpox. It was thought that the queen would die, so...

October 9 - Mary Tudor and Louis XII get married
October 08, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 9th October 1514, eighteen-year-old Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and daughter of the late Henry VII, married fifty-two year-old King Louis XII of France at Abbeville in France. In today's talk, Claire Ridgway, author o...

October 8 - Lady Margaret Douglas
October 07, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 8th October 1515, Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox and niece of King Henry VIII, was born at Harbottle Castle in Northumberland. Margaret Douglas was the daughter of Margaret Tudor, Queen Dowager of Scotland, and ...

October 7 - The man who helped Robert Dudley propose to Elizabeth I
October 06, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 7th October 1577, author, poet, courtier and soldier George Gascoigne died in Stamford, Lincolnshire.  Gascoigne was a gifted poet and was hired in 1575 by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, to provide entertainment for Que...

October 6 - The end of William Tyndale
October 05, 2019

 his day in Tudor history, 6th October 1536, is the traditional date given for the execution of William Tyndale, reformer, scholar and Bible translator. One of Tyndale's works had helped King Henry VIII while another incurred the king's wrath and led ...