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20 July – John Knox’s attack on Mary I

On this day in Tudor history, 20th July 1554, John Knox, theologian and a leader of the Protestant Reformation in Scotland, published a pamphlet attacking the Catholic Queen Mary I, her religious measures and her persecution of Protestants.

In today's "on this day in Tudor history" talk, I share some of what he said about Mary, her council and advisors. The man had a definite way with words!

Also on this day in history:

  • 1524 – Death of Queen Claude of France, consort of Francis I, at the age of just twenty-four. She died at Blois and was temporarily laid to rest in the chapel there, but then moved to the royal abbey of St Denis just outside Paris in 1527.
  • 1547 – Death of Beatus Rhenanus (or Beatus Bild), humanist, classical scholar and friend of Erasmus, in Strasbourg. His works included a biography of priest and preacher Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg, a nine volume work on Erasmus, the Rerum Germanicarum Libri III and his editions of the work of Roman historian Velleius.
  • 1554 – Philip of Spain arrived in England, at Southampton, in readiness for his marriage to Mary I.

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  1. M

    Claire, I do love the daily videos. They are very informative. But I know it must be an awful lot of work, so I would appreciate anything you choose to do for next year! Michelle t

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20 July – John Knox’s attack on Mary I