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24 June – Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

On 24th June 1604, in the reign of King James I, Elizabethan courtier and poet, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, died.

Find out about this rather colourful Tudor character in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts...

Here's a more detailed video on him:

On this day in Tudor history, 24th June 1532, the feast of St John the Baptist, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and favourite of Elizabeth I, was born.

Elizabeth I called Leicester her "eyes" and "sweet Robin" and there was gossip over their relationship, but there was far more to Robert Dudley than his closeness to the queen. Find out all about his life and career...

Also on this day in history, 24th June 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII and his queen consort, Catherine of Aragon, were crowned king and queen at a joint coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

You can find out more about their coronation in this video:

And today is also the Feast of St John the Baptist and Midsummer. I explain how this was celebrated in Tudor times in this special video:

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24 June – Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford