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1 July – No legitimate heir for Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 1st July 1536, less than two months after the execution of Anne Boleyn, Parliament passed legislation that meant that the king had no legitimate heirs. How strange!

Find out more in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts...

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 executed on 6th July 1535.

But how did More, a faithful and loyal servant of the king, end up in this mess? Who was on the commission and what exactly happened?

Find out all about the fall of Sir Thomas More...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 1st July 1543, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the Treaties of Greenwich were signed.

These treaties were between the kingdoms of Scotland and England, and, amongst other terms, was the agreement of a marriage between Prince Edward, the future King Edward VI, and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Find out more about these treaties and the subsequent war known as the Rough Wooing...

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1 July – No legitimate heir for Henry VIII