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13 October – An intriguing letter from Mary I and the fall of Edward Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 13th October 1553, Queen Mary I wrote a very interesting letter to the imperial ambassador, Simon Renard. In it, she asked the ambassador to meet with her secretly, and she'd encouraged him previously to come to her secretly and in disguise.

Why? What was going on? And why did Mary seem to trust the emperor and his ambassadors more than her own council?

Find out more about the situation...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 13th October 1549, Edward VI’s council abolished his uncle Edward Seymour’s protectorate and membership of the Council.

It was the beginning of the end for Seymour and you can find out what he’d done to provoke his downfall, and what happened next, in this video...

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