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19 June – Mary, Queen of Scots gives birth to a son called Charles

On this day in Tudor history, on 19th June 1566, in Scotland, Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to a baby boy who would grow up to be King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England. He was baptised Charles James though.

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On this day in Tudor history, 19th June 1573, Jesuit priest and former rector of a Lincolnshire parish, Thomas Woodhouse, was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn.

Blessed Thomas Woodhouse was the first priest to be executed in Elizabeth I's reign, and he was beatified in December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII.

When you hear what he said to William Cecil, Lord Burghley, you can understand just why he was seen as a traitor by Burghley and Elizabeth I's government. Not wise words in those times, but he stuck to his faith and principles.

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Also on this day in Tudor history, 19th June 1535, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, monks of the Carthusian Order of London Charterhouse, were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn.

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    Horriffic the things people do to each other in the name of religion. The more I read and hear of the Tudor period, the more sympathy I have for the Catholics. On the other hand British sailors captured by the Spanish had a rough time of it too. An interesting series of videos today.

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19 June – Mary, Queen of Scots gives birth to a son called Charles