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The Tudor Society

19 October – The Catholic Monarchs and the Pilgrimage of Grace

On this day in history, 19th October 1469, an event took place in Spain that was not only important in Spanish history, but which had an impact on Europe and which has links with the Tudors.

The event was the marriage of an eighteen-year-old woman called Isabella and a seventeen-year-old man called Ferdinand.

They'd become the famous Reyes Catolicos, the Catholic monarchs, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, and would bring together two powerful kingdoms, which comprised most of what is modern-day Spain.

In this talk, I tell you more about this powerful couple, their reigns and their legacy.

Also on this day in Tudor history, 19th October 1536, the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion in the north of England was well underway, and King Henry VIII had come to the decision that tough action was needed to put it down.

The action he ordered wasn’t just tough, it was downright brutal, and you can find out more about it in this video...

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19 October – The Catholic Monarchs and the Pilgrimage of Grace