Tudor History with Claire Ridgway

Tudor History with Claire Ridgway


Latest Episodes

May 24 - The Life of Anne Askew
May 23, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 24th May 1546, letters were sent from the Privy Council to the future Protestant martyr Anne Askew and her estranged husband Thomas Kyme.  The couple were ordered to appear in front of the council within fourteen days. But...

May 23 - Elizabeth the prisoner, "Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be"
May 22, 2020

 On this day in Tudor history, 23rd May 1554, Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, arrived at the Palace of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, where she was placed under house arrest. Elizabeth remained under house arrest th...

May 22 - New Garter Knights
May 21, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 22nd May 1541, following their elections on St George’s Day, 23rd April 1541, Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford; Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey; Sir John Gage, and Sir Anthony Wingfield were all installed as Knights of the Gart.

May 21 - 81-year-old Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk
May 20, 2020

On this day in Tudor history,  21st May 1524, in the reign of King Henry VIII, courtier, magnate and soldier, Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, died at Framlingham Castle in Suffolk. He was about 81 years of age when he died. Norfolk was the grandfat...

May 20 - A cardinal’s hat for a headless man
May 19, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 20th May 1535, Pope Paul III made John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, Cardinal-Priest of San Vitale, and arranged to have his cardinal's hat sent to him. The pope hoped that this would save Fisher, who was imprisoned at the ...

May 19 - A dispensation for Henry VIII to marry wife number three
May 18, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 19th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was executed within the confines of the Tower of London. It must have been an incredibly hard day for the queen's friend, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. Not only did he have a visit from a frie...

May 18 - Rebel William Thomas comes to a bad end
May 17, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 18th May 1554, in the reign of Queen Mary I, scholar and administrator, William Thomas, was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn for his alleged involvement in Wyatt's Rebellion. It was said that he even wanted the queen as.

May 17 - Anthony Bacon, a Tudor spy
May 16, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 17th May 1601, Anthony Bacon was buried in St Olave's, London. You might have heard of Francis Bacon, but his brother, Anthony Bacon, was rather interesting too!  Who was Anthony Bacon?  Well, he was a spy, providing i...

May 16 - The real "John Blackthorne" of Shōgun
May 15, 2020

On this day in history, 16th May 1620, navigator William Adams died in Hirado, Japan. Adams is thought to be the first Englishman to have reached Japan (arriving there in 1600) and was the inspiration for the character of John Blackthorne in the famous n.

May 15 - Two noblemen tried for treason
May 14, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 15th May 1537, Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy de Darcy, and his cousin, John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford, were tried for treason at Westminster after being implicated in the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion. Both men m..