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13 November – Robert Packington was shot to death and Lady Jane Grey was tried for treason

On this day in Tudor history, 13th November 1536, mercer and member of Parliament Robert Packington (Pakington, Pakyngton) was shot to death by an unknown assailant while he was on his way to mass at St Thomas of Acre Chapel. He was shot with a wheellock pistol.

Robert Packington has gone down in history as the first person in England to be killed by a handgun, but who killed him and why?

Find out about Packington, his murder, and the theories regarding who ordered his murder, in this talk...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 13th November 1553, the former Queen Jane, or Lady Jane Grey, was tried for treason at Guildhall in London.

She wasn't the only one tried, her husband Lord Guildford Dudley, his brothers Ambrose and Henry Dudley, and Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, were also tried for treason for their parts in putting Jane on the throne.

Find out more about their trials, and what happened to them, in this video...

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13 November – Robert Packington was shot to death and Lady Jane Grey was tried for treason