Tudor History with Claire Ridgway

Tudor History with Claire Ridgway


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July 7 - William Turner, Father of English botany
July 06, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 7th July 1568, naturalist, herbalist, ornithologist, reformer and physician, William Turner, died. Turner is known as “the father of English botany and of ornithology”, but why and who exactly was he?  In today's talk, his...

July 6 - The execution of Sir Thomas More
July 05, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, Tuesday 6th July 1535, Henry VIII’s former friend and Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, was beheaded on Tower Hill as a traitor.  In today's talk, historian Claire Ridgway shares accounts of his execution, including one th...

July 5 - Sir Thomas More's last letter
July 04, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 5th July 1535, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor and good friend, Sir Thomas More, wrote his final letter. More's last letter was addressed to his beloved daughter Margaret (Meg) Roper and it was written in coal. It is a...

July 4 - Gregory Cromwell - who was he?
July 03, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 4th July 1551, Gregory Cromwell, 1st Baron Cromwell, died of sweating sickness at Launde Abbey in Leicestershire. He was laid to rest at the abbey’s chapel on 7th July. Gregory Cromwell was the son of the more famous Thomas..

July 3 - Pretender Perkin Warbeck lands
July 02, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd July 1495, the pretender Perkin Warbeck landed at Deal in Kent with men and ships. In the ensuing battle, the Battle of Deal, with Kentish men who supported King Henry VII, around 150 of Warbeck’s men were killed and ove.

July 2 - Thomas Boleyn's loss is Cromwell's gain
July 01, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd July 1536, Thomas Cromwell, the king’s right hand man, was formally appointed Lord Privy Seal. The previous holder of the office had been Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, who'd been stripped of the office fol.

July 1 - Sir Thomas More is found guilty
June 30, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 1st July 1535, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor, was tried for high treason by a special commission of oyer and terminer. The commission found him guilty and he was execut.

June 30 - A mortal head wound for a jousting King of France
June 29, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 30th June 1559, keen sportsman, King Henry II of France, suffered a mortal head wound while jousting. He died on 10th July and was succeeded by his son, Francis II. Jousting was a dangerous sport and Henry was fatally inju...

June 29 - Henry Percy, sweetheart of Anne Boleyn
June 28, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 29th June 1537, just over a year after the execution of his former sweetheart, Anne Boleyn, Henry Algernon Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland, died at around the age of thirty-five. He'd been ill for some time and had actua...

June 28 - A Catholic earl and poisoned roasted teal
June 27, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 28th June 1557, Philip Howard, 13th Earl of Arundel, was born at Arundel House, the Strand, London. Philip ended up being condemned to death for treason and dying of alleged poisoning in 1589, when he was just 32, so let me..