The Tudor Society

29 April – Not guilty!

The 29th of April is the anniversary of the birth of William Dacre, the only man to be acquitted in Henry VIII's reign. Quite an accomplishment!

Find out about this Tudor baron...

On this day in Tudor history, 29th April 1567 (some sources suggest 26th), James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, who had recently abducted and allegedly "ravished" Mary, Queen of Scots, had a suit of divorce made against him by his wife, Lady Jean Gordon.

Lady Gordon was persuaded by Bothwell to make this divorce suit as he was planning to marry Mary, Queen of Scots, which he did on 15th May 1567.

In this talk, I explain what led up to this day, what happened next, and also what a truly horrible man Bothwell was.

On this day in history, 29th April 1617, Sir Dru Drury died at the age of around 85 at his home, Riddlesworth Hall in Norfolk.

He may have died in the Stuart period, but Dru was prominent in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. What is interesting is that he went from being a prisoner to being Lieutenant of the Tower of London!

Find out more about him...

On this day in 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had encounters with two courtiers who would eventually be executed for allegedly sleeping with her and plotting with her to kill King Henry VIII.

Find out about Sir Henry Norris and Mark Smeaton, and what happened when Anne encountered them on 29th April 1536...

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29 April – Not guilty!