Tudor History with Claire Ridgway

Tudor History with Claire Ridgway


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February 7 - Sir Thomas More
February 06, 2020

On this day in history, 7th February 1477 or 1478, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor, was born in London. More had once wanted to be a monk, but ended up being one of the most well-known statesmen of the Tudor period. Unfortunately, Sir Tho...

February 2 - Sir Francis Bryan, the Vicar of Hell
February 01, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd February 1550, Sir Francis Bryan, died suddenly in Ireland. He was a rather colourful Tudor character, known as much for his drinking, gambling and all-round bad behaviour, as his diplomacy, royal favour and gift for poe.

February 1 - Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots' death warrant
January 31, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 1st February 1587, Queen Elizabeth I called her secretary, William Davison, to her and asked him to bring her the death warrant of Mary, Queen of Scots. She then signed it. However, she didn't want it to be sent to Fothering.

January 31 - The great devil of all
January 30, 2020

On this day in history, 31st January 1606, Gunpowder Plot conspirators Thomas Winter, Ambrose Rookwood, Robert Keyes, and Guy Fawkes were executed for treason at the Old Palace Yard, Westminster.Two of them cheated the executioner and crowd by leaping a..

January 30 - Four Gunpowder Plotters come to sticky ends
January 29, 2020

On this day in history, 30th January 1606, Gunpowder plotters Everard Digby, Robert Wintour, John Grant and Thomas Bates were executed for treason at St Paul’s Churchyard.Find out how they came to this end and hear a contemporary account of their execut..

January 29 - Queen Anne Boleyn miscarries
January 28, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 29th January 1536, the same day that Catherine of Aragon was buried at Peterborough Abbey, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII suffered a miscarriage. Contemporary accounts state that she was around 3 1/2 mon...

January 28 - Elizabeth I, friend of the Ottoman Empire
January 27, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 28th January 1598, diplomat Edward Barton died of dysentery on the island of Heybeli Ada, in the Sea of Marmara, off the coast of Istanbul. Barton and his predecessor, William Harborne, had played key roles in Elizabeth I's .

January 27 - The fate of the Gun Powder Plotters
January 26, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 27th January 1606, in the reign of King James I, the eight surviving conspirators of the November 1605 Gunpowder Plot were tried at Westminster for high treason.Why is Claire talking about something that happened during the..

January 26 - Justice Spelman and Anne Boleyn's trial
January 25, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 26th January 1546, judge of assize and law reporter, Sir John Spelman, died. Now, you may never have heard of Justice John Spelman, but his reports on the legal cases of people like Queen Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas More, Bish...

January 25 - Bonfires, torches, bells ringing...
January 24, 2020

25th January is the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, an important day in Tudor times. It celebrated the conversion of Saul, a man known for his persecution of Christians, on the road to Damascus. In today's talk, Claire Ridgway, author of "On This D...