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15 June – Henry Fitzroy, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son

15th June 1519 is the traditional birthdate of King Henry VIII's illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy.

Find out a bit more about Fitzroy in this latest edition of TudorHistoryShorts...

On this day in Tudor history, 15th June 1559, William Somer (Sommers), court fool to Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I, died in Shoreditch, London.

Somer managed to survive upsetting the king by calling Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth names, although the king apparently was so furious he wanted to kill him, and he died a natural death in Elizabeth I's reign.

Somer wasn't the only court fool at the time, Jane the Fool served Anne Boleyn, Catherine Parr and Mary I. Find out about Will Somer and Jane the Fool, the Tudor Court Fools...

All the King’s Fools project - http://www.allthekingsfools.co.uk/

Also on this day in Tudor history, 15th June 1536, Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, was bullied and threatened by members of her father's council. Find out more...

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15 June – Henry Fitzroy, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son