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13 January – The Prince of Poets and Henry Howard is tried for treason

On this day in Tudor history, 13th January 1599, Elizabethan poet and administrator in Ireland, Edmund Spenser, died in Westminster. He was described as "the prince of poets in his time" and is best known for his allegorical poem in praise of Elizabeth I, "The Faerie Queene".

But, did you know that he also upset William Cecil twice and that his most famous work is actually unfinished?

Find out more about Edmund Spenser in this talk...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 13th January 1547, poet and soldier, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, was tried at Guildhall, found guilty and sentenced to death.

Find out why and what happened in my video from last year...

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    Poor Henry Howard. I feel sorry for him. He didn’t have a chance.

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13 January – The Prince of Poets and Henry Howard is tried for treason