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11 July – Here begins the plague…

On this day in Tudor history, 11th July 1564, the plague hit the Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

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

On this day in history, 11th July 1553, in Ipswich, Suffolk, Sir Thomas Cornwallis, sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk, Lord Thomas Wentworth, and some other prominent Suffolk gentlemen declared for Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey) and publicly proclaimed her the rightful queen. However, the following day, Cornwallis recanted and proclaimed Mary as queen.

Why? What happened to make this sheriff change his mind so soon?

Find out more about the situation in July 1553...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 11th July 1533, Pope Clement VII had had enough of the misbehaving King Henry VIII.

But how had this English king gone from being lauded as Defender of the Faith to now being threatened with excommunication? What had he done to upset the Pope?

Find out...

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11 July – Here begins the plague…