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11 August – Sir Maurice Berkeley and Henry VIII treats friars abominably

On this day in Tudor history, 11th August 1581, Sir Maurice Berkeley, former gentleman usher of Henry VIII's Privy Chamber, died.

You may not have heard of Sir Maurice Berkeley, but he had a wonderful court career, serving Henry VIII, Edward VI and Elizabeth I, and proving his loyalty to Mary I by arresting rebel leader, Thomas Wyatt the Younger.

Find out more about this lesser-known Tudor man...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 11th August 1534, or shortly before, the friars observant were expelled from their religious houses due to their support of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, and their refusal to accept the king as supreme head of the Church in England.

These men were treated abominably by Henry VIII and his government and you can find out about their treatment and their fates in this video...

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    With Henry whatever religion you were was wrong. Catholics were traitors, as were Protestants who were tooracjcle, and freethinkers, well you’d etter keep that quiet. Basically he was a spoilt brat, who thought hix subjects should credit every twist znd turn of his self- de ei inb mind. Im so glad that I want around, ut as my ancestorscwe scits, Polish Jews or Devon yeoman farmers, i wouldnt hzve been in his milieu. I think being a courtier must have been a nightmare, high risk employment.

    It’s nice to be having thse longer vuceos and to have you back home.

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    Drat , i was justs about to edit, and it posted. This Samsung is too sensitive. I hate the on screen keyboard, I must get another Apple laptop.

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      Hmmmm…. for me, an “edit” button shows next to the “reply” button, doesn’t it show for you, Clare?

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    Drat , i was just about to edit, and it posted. This Samsung is too sensitive. I hate the on screen keyboard, I must get another Apple laptop.

    It would be good, if the poster could edit their own post, like you can on Facebook. However, that might mean expense or work for Tim.

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11 August – Sir Maurice Berkeley and Henry VIII treats friars abominably