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21 April – The king is dead! Long live the king!

On this day in Tudor history, 21st April 1509, King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty on the English throne, died at Richmond Palace.

Henry VII was succeeded by his seventeen-year-old son who, apparently, did "not desire gold or gems or precious metals, but virtue, glory, immortality"! Yes, this was Henry VIII.

Find out more in today's video:

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Also on this day in history:

  • 1566 (20th or 21st) – Death of Sir John Mason, member of Parliament, diplomat in the reigns of four Tudor monarchs, Privy Councillor in Edward VI's reign and Treasurer of the Chamber in Elizabeth I's reign. He was buried in St Paul's Cathedral, in the north choir.
  • 1566 – Death of Sir Richard Sackville, member of Parliament and administrator, in London. He served Henry VIII as Under-Treasurer of the Exchequer, Chancellor of the Court of Augmentations and Escheator of Surrey and Sussex, Edward VI as Custos Rotulorum of Sussex (a post held until his death) and Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, and Elizabeth I as Privy Councillor and Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was buried at Withyham in Sussex.
  • 1580 – Death of philanthropist William Lambe. He was buried at St Faith under St Paul's. Lambe was a Gentleman of the Royal Chapel in Henry VIII's reign, but is known for his philanthropy in Elizabeth I's reign. For example, he funded the building of almshouses and a grammar school in Sutton Valance, Kent, also the building of Holborn conduit.
  • 1581 – Burial of Thomas Charnock, alchemist, at Otterhampton in Somerset after dying at his home in Combwich. In his “Booke dedicated vnto the queenes maiestie” he offered Elizabeth I the health and wealth that the philosopher's stone could bring if she would finance his work.

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  1. R

    Thanks for this fantastic video as usual. Sorry it is cold there. We have hot days and nights at the moment and I miss your lovely view. Pollen count high, but lower tomorrow, but still a nuisance.

    Henry Vii is an under appreciated King and he was also known for his piety and he had many masses said for his soul. His son was welcomed and was a breath of fresh air, he released many prisoners, he was liberal, but a bit ruthless, as were all Kings, that’s why they ruled, although to be fair he was doing as his council advised, he was well educated and handsome and athletic and nothing like the tyrant of his last decade.

    Happy Easter to you and Tim and family and everyone here at the Tudor Society.

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21 April – The king is dead! Long live the king!