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14 December – Francis Kett leaps and dances in the fire, and Elizabeth I’s coronation procession

On this day in Tudor history, 14th January 1589, physician Francis Kett, was burned for heresy near Norwich Castle.

A local minister described him as "leaping and dancing" in the fire, clapping his hand and praising God right up to the end. A courageous man.

But how did Francis Kett come to this awful end?

Find out more about this doctor, priest and condemned heretic in this talk...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 14th January 1559, Queen Elizabeth I left the Tower for her eve of coronation procession through the streets of London.

Find out more about her coronation procession and all the pageants and celebrations that were part of it in this video...

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14 December – Francis Kett leaps and dances in the fire, and Elizabeth I’s coronation procession