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21 July – Explorer Thomas Cavendish

On this day in Tudor history, 21st July 1586, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, explorer Thomas Cavendish set sail from Plymouth. Where was he going and why? And how would he break Sir Francis Drake's record?

Find out more in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts...

Here's a more detailed video on Cavendish:

On this day in Tudor history, 21st July, 1553, just days after he’d left London with an army to apprehend Mary, half-sister of the late king, Edward VI, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland was arrested near Cambridge.

But how and why did the man who had ruled England on Edward VI’s behalf, as Lord President of his privy council, come to this?

I explain his role in the accession of Lady Jane Grey as Queen Jane in July 1553 and what happened when Mary overthrew Queen Jane.

Also on this day in Tudor history, 21st July 1545, in the reign of King Henry VIII, French forces landed on the Isle of Wight in an attempt to invade the English island.

Find out what happened...

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21 July – Explorer Thomas Cavendish