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26 June – The cost of serving a king

On 26th June 1513, in the reign of King Henry VIII, a loyal soldier lost his life serving the Crown.

What happened to Sir Edmund Carew? How did he die? And how else did his service to the Crown affect him?

Find out in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts...

On this day in Tudor history, 26th June 1596, soldier Sir John Wingfield was buried in the cathedral at Cadiz in southern Spain. Wingfield had been shot in the head in the attack on Cadiz on 21st June.

John Stow recorded that at his funeral "the generalls threw their handkerchiefs wet from their eyes into the grave" and poet John Donne wrote "Farther than Wingfield, no man dares to go", but who was this courageous soldier?

Find out more about him and how he died...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 26th June 1535, a new commission of oyer and terminer was appointed in the case against Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII's former Lord Chancellor. More was being indicted for high treason, and, of course, would eventually be executed. You can find out more about what had led More to this point in this video...

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26 June – The cost of serving a king