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  • Sir John Perrot (c1527/30 – 1592)

    On this day in 1592, Sir John Perrot, Privy Councillor and former Lord Deputy of Ireland, died at the Tower of London. He was buried in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower.

    John Perrot was born between 1527 and 1530 in Pembrokeshire, and was the son of Mary (Berkeley) and Sir Thomas Perrot, although some believe him to have been Henry VIII’s illegitimate son. John’s mother, the pretty Mary Berkeley, had served Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The King was a friend of her husband, Sir Thomas Perrot, a keen huntsman, and historian Philippa Jones believes that Henry VIII began an affair with Mary after noticing her when he came to visit and hunt.

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  • Tobacco and smoking in Tudor times

    Sir Walter Ralegh is often credited with introducing tobacco into England after he’d travelled to the New World, but this is a myth. I decided to look into the history of tobacco and research how it came to England and how it became popular.

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  • Throwback Thursday – Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond

    As today is the anniversary of the death of Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond and father of King Henry VII, I thought it was fitting to share this article about his life and death…

    On this day in 1456, Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond and father of King Henry VII, died from the plague at Carmarthen Castle in Wales.

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  • Catherine Howard and the Interrogations of 1541

    Our expert speaker this month is Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society, who is currently working on a book about the events of 1541 and early 1542 – “The Fall of Catherine Howard: A Countdown”. Find out who did what and who said what in this talk.

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