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26 October – Sir Thomas More is sworn in as Lord Chancellor

On this day in Tudor history, 26th October 1529, Sir Thomas More took his oath as Lord Chancellor, replacing Cardinal Thomas Wolsey who was charged with praemunire.

It was an important day for Sir Thomas More, who was described as "an upright and learned man", but, little did he know that his loyal service to the king would lead to his undoing.

Find out all about this day in 1529 in today's talk.

You can find out more about Sir Thomas More in the following videos:

Also on this day in history:

  • 1536 – The rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace halted at Scawsby Leys near Doncaster, where they met troops captained by the Duke of Norfolk. The rebels were said to number around 30,000 and Norfolk’s army only a fifth of the size, but Robert Aske chose to negotiate, and a deal was eventually struck, with Norfolk giving promises from Henry VIII that their demands would be met and that they would be pardoned. Aske then dismissed his troops. Unfortunately, Henry VIII later broke his promises to the rebels.
  • 1538 – Geoffrey Pole, brother of Cardinal Reginald Pole and son of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, was interrogated in his prison at the Tower of London regarding letters he and his family had received from his brother, and words which he had uttered showing his support for the Cardinal, who had denounced the King and his policies in his treatise, Pro ecclesiasticae unitatis defensione.
  • 1559 – Death of Sir Robert Southwell, lawyer and member of Parliament. It is thought that he was buried in Kent, probably near his seat of Mereworth. Southwell's offices included High Sheriff of Kent and Master of the Rolls. As High Sheriff of Kent in Mary I's reign, Southwell was active in putting down Wyatt's Rebellion of 1554.

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  1. R

    Lord Chancellors and former Lord Chancellors don’t do well in England.

    Thomas Beckett former Lord Chancellor murdered 1170
    Archbishop Sutton Lord Chancellor murdered by a mob 1381.
    Thomas Wolsey exiled, demoted, banished, arrested, charged with treason, died on the way to trial, 1530.

    1. C - Post Author

      That’s very true!

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26 October – Sir Thomas More is sworn in as Lord Chancellor