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2 March – The Shrovetide Joust

In today's "on this day in Tudor history" video, I look at the Shrovetide joust, which took place on 2nd March 1522, and share Edward Hall's wonderful account of the knights' costumes and their mottoes.

Was the theme of unrequited love aimed at anyone in particular?

The Mary Boleyn video I mention can be found at

Also on this day in history:

  • 1535 – Death of Sir Robert Drury, lawyer, Privy Councillor and Speaker of the House of Commons.
  • 1545 – Birth of Sir Thomas Bodley, scholar, diplomat and founder of the Bodleian Library, in Exeter. He was the son of John Bodley, a Protestant merchant who took his family into exile to Germany during Mary I's reign. The family returned to England in Elizabeth I's reign, and Bodley was able to study at Magdalen College, Oxford. He then lectured at Merton College before serving Elizabeth as a Gentleman Usher and then diplomat. He re-founded the Oxford University library in 1598, and it was re-opened in 1602 as Bodley's Library, or the Bodleian Library.
  • 1618 – Burial of Elizabeth Carey, Lady Hunsdon, wife of Sir George Carey (Mary Boleyn's grandson). She was buried in the Hunsdon vault in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1619 – Death of Anne of Denmark, consort of James VI and I, of dropsy and consumption. She was buried in Henry VII's Chapel in Westminster Abbey. According to her biographers Maureen M. Meikle and Helen Payne, her entrails were buried at the Abbey on 5th March and her body lay in state at Denmark House from 9th March to 13th May, when she was laid to rest at the Abbey. Her funeral was “in form and scale comparable to that of Queen Elizabeth.”

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2 March – The Shrovetide Joust