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16 May – Thomas More resigns

On this day in Tudor history, 16th May 1532, Sir Thomas More resigned as Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor.

But what led to More's resignation when he had been such a loyal servant to King Henry VIII?

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On this day in history, 16th May 1620, navigator William Adams died in Hirado, Japan. Adams is thought to be the first Englishman to have reached Japan (arriving there in 1600) and was the inspiration for the character of John Blackthorne in the famous novel Shōgun.

How did William Adams end up in Japan and why did he stay there when he had a family in England?

Find out more about this interesting Tudor navigator...

Book recommendation: “Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan” by Giles Milton.

Also on this day in Tudor history, 16th May 1568, following her escape from prison in Scotland, Mary, Queen of Scots, landed on English soil and was taken prisoner once more, but this time by England.

Why was Mary taken prisoner? What happened?

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And on this day in 1536, the condemned Queen Anne Boleyn's spirits seemed to have lifted and she was hoping for mercy.

Why? What could have made her so hopeful?

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    I was very interested in the video on William Adams, a fascinating video and an excellent book recommendation. I’m afraid the cat’s coming a goings were hilarious, but didn’t really detract from the information. I was also interested in the Thomas More video. I have a book on him in my tbr pile. He is interesting, but I can’t find it in my heart to liked him somehow.

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16 May – Thomas More resigns