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The Tudor Society

19 June – More Carthusian monks meet their sad ends

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

Their crime: refusing to accept King Henry VIII as supreme head of the Church in England.

But did you know that Sebastian Newdigate was actually a close friend of Henry VIII? Well, friendship and loyal service didn't seem to matter if you were viewed as being at all defiant or disobedient.

In today's video, I give you a few more details about Sebastian Newdigate and how he came to be executed in 1535.

For more on the Carthusian martyrs of King Henry VIII's reign:

Also on this day in history:

  • 1502 – The Treaty of Antwerp was signed between Henry VII and Emperor Maximilian I at Antwerp. Henry VII promised a payment of £10,000 for aid against the Turks in exchange for Maximilian's promise to banish Yorkist rebels from his territories.
  • 1566 – Birth of James VI and I, King of Scotland, England and Ireland, at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. James was the only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Henry Stuart (Stewart), Lord Darnley. James became James VI of Scotland when his mother was forced to abdicate 24th July 1567, and he became James I of England on the death of Elizabeth I, 24th March 1603.
  • 1573 – Execution of Thomas Woodhouse, Jesuit priest and martyr, at Tyburn. He was the first priest to be executed in Elizabeth I's reign. Woodhouse was beatified in December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII.
  • 1616 – Death of Henry Robinson, Bishop of Carlisle, at his home, Rose Castle in Carlisle. He died of the plague. Robinson was buried in Carlisle Cathedral.

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19 June – More Carthusian monks meet their sad ends