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19 May – Elizabeth I’s release from the Tower

On 19th May 1554, the future Queen Elizabeth I was released from the Tower of London after two months of imprisonment. It was the anniversary of her mother Queen Anne Boleyn's execution.

Elizabeth wasn't free, though, she was released into house arrest. Why? Why had she been imprisoned in the Tower and what happened next?

Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History", tells the story of this period in Elizabeth I's life in today's video.

You can find out more about Elizabeth's arrest and her Tide Letter in Claire's video from 17th March -

On this day in history:

  • 1527 – Death of Henry Algernon Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland, at Wressle. He was buried in Beverley Minster
  • 1536 – Archbishop Thomas Cranmer issued a dispensation for Henry VIII to marry Jane Seymour, because they were fifth cousins
  • 1536 - Execution of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, at the Tower of London. Click here to read more about her execution
  • 1597 – Death of Richard Rogers, Bishop-Suffragan of Dover.

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19 May – Elizabeth I’s release from the Tower