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24 August – The St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

On this day in Tudor history, 24th August 1572, on the Feast of St Bartholomew, an awful massacre too place in Paris, and it was followed by further atrocities in other towns and cities.

Those who suffered were Huguenot men, women and children, French Protestants. But what happened and why?

I explain all in today's video...

Also on this day in history:

  • 1507 – Death of Cecily, Viscountess Welles, third daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. She was buried at “the friars”, but it is not known what religious house the record was referring to.
  • 1549 – Death of Sir Wymond Carew, administrator. Carew served Henry VIII as Deputy Receiver-General of the Duchy of Cornwall, as Receiver-General to Queens Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves, as Treasurer to Queen Catherine Parr, and as Treasurer of the Court of First Fruits and Tenths.
  • 1561 – Birth of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk, naval officer and administrator. Howard was the eldest son of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, and Margaret Dudley. Howard served Elizabeth I as Vice-Admiral in the 1596 Cadiz expedition and the 1597 voyage to the Azores, and as Constable of the Tower of London. He went on to have a distinguished career under James I until his fall in 1619.
  • 1587 – Death of Richard Barnes, Bishop of Durham. He was buried at Durham Cathedral, in the choir.
  • 1595 – Death of Thomas Digges, mathematician, astronomer, soldier and member of Parliament. Digges is known as the first man to expound the Copernican system in English, and one of the first to put forward the idea of an infinite universe with an infinite number of stars.

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24 August – The St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre