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20 August – Elizabeth I gives thanks for the Protestant Wind!

On this day in Tudor history, 20th August 1588, there was a thanksgiving service at St Paul's to thank God for his divine intervention when England defeated the Spanish Armada. It was thought that God had sent his Protestant Wind to save England from Catholic Spain.

Find out more about this in today's talk.

Also on this day in history:

  • 1509 – Birth of Sir William Stanford (Staunford), judge and legal writer. Stanford served Mary I as one of her queen's Sergeants, and is known for his legal books, “Les plees del coron” (1557), on criminal law, and “Exposicion of the Kinges Prerogative” (1567).
  • 1580 – Death of Sir George Bowes, soldier and administrator, at Streatlam, county Durham. He was buried in the family vault at Barnard Castle Church. Bowes served Elizabeth I as a member of the Council of the North and the Ecclesiastical High Commission for York, a Justice of the Peace and Sheriff, and as the Earl of Sussex's Deputy in co. Durham and Richmondshire, and Provost Marshal. Bowes was also chosen to escort Mary, Queen of Scots from Carlisle to Bolton Castle in 1568.
  • 1589 – Marriage of James VI of Scotland and Anne of Denmark, second daughter of King Frederick II of Denmark, by proxy at Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark. James was represented by his ambassador at the Danish court, George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal.
  • 1599 – Death of Sir Thomas Norris, soldier and Lord President of Munster, at his house at Mallow, County Cork, Ireland. Norris died from an injury to his jaw sustained in a skirmish with Thomas Burke and his troops in May 1599.
  • 1610 – Death of courtier Edmund Tilney, censor of plays and Master of the Revels. He was buried in St. Leonard's Church, Streatham, London.
  • 1648 (or 5th August) – Death of Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury and 1st Baron Herbert of Castle Island, diplomat, philosopher and the author of “The Life and Raigne of King Henry the Eighth”. He was buried at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London.

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  1. M

    I have a question regarding some of the earlier posts, I missed a few days and caught up yesterday. You mention often, 2, maybe more, chroniclers, Edward Hall and a Wriosley. They seem to cover the whole of the Tudor reign. How long did they live? What were their job titles? Did they have one? Is this Wriosley related to the Wriosley who tortured Anne Askew? Can you talk more of these chroniclers? Thanks. Michelle t

  2. R

    Today is 20th August, Claire, but the introduction says On this day, 29th August.

    1. C - Post Author

      Thank you! I shouldn’t type before I’ve had coffee!

  3. R

    The “Protestant wind”, typical of the Elizabethan propaganda. The weather is the weather, especially around the shores of England and Scotland and Ireland where many of the Spanish ships ended up being wrecked on their way home and the sailors slaughtered.

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20 August – Elizabeth I gives thanks for the Protestant Wind!