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The Tudor Society

21 May – Philip of Spain

Today is the birthday of Philip II of Spain, king consort of Queen Mary I.

I commemorate his birthday by sharing a few facts about him in this TudorHistoryShorts video:

On this day in Tudor history, 21st May 1524, in the reign of King Henry VIII, courtier, magnate and soldier, Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, died at Framlingham Castle in Suffolk. He was about 81 years of age when he died.

Norfolk was the grandfather of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, but there was far more to him than that. In this video, I introduce a man who was still leading troops into battle in his seventies...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 21st May 1535, reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale was arrested in Antwerp.

Why was Tyndale arrested and why didn't King Henry VIII help him?

Find out in this video...

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21 May – Philip of Spain