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29 July – The death of Thomas Stanley, Henry VII’s stepfather

On this day in Tudor history, 29th July 1504, in the reign of King Henry VII, the king's stepfather died.

Find out a bit more about Thomas Stanley, and his role in helping his stepson take the throne, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts...

On this day in Tudor history, 29th July 1588, the English naval fleet attacked the Spanish Armada in a battle known as the Battle of Gravelines.

England defeated Spain and it was down to the new tactics they'd learned from previous encounters with the Armada and from capturing a Spanish ship, as well as weather conditions.

What were these new and successful tactics and what happened at the Battle of Gravelines?

Find out...

Also on this day in Tudor history, Sunday 29th July 1565, twenty-three-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, queen regnant of Scotland, married her second husband, nineteen-year-old Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, at Holyrood Palace.

Find out all about the wedding and how their marriage turned out – spoiler: it wasn’t good – in this video:

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    You can see Thomas Stanley and his first wife and their son and grandson at the Parish Church in Ormskirk but Lady Margaret is of course in Westminster nr Henry Vii and Elizabeth of York. The visiting Roundheads vandalised some of the tombs and an effigy of Margaret Beaufort was defaced. Eleanor has a nose missing but Thomas got away with it. A Stanley Chapel can be found in the All Saints Parish Church in Childwall, Liverpool.

    Latham House was defended by Charlotte, wife of James, 7TH Earl of Derby against the nasty Roundheads but is now an eighteenth century private but grand home. A small Church is nearby with more memorials to the family and local people. This dates from Medieval times. In Sefton and Knowsley their estates can be seen and a Tower belonging to them was nr the water front. Henry Vii visited Knowsley several times.

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29 July – The death of Thomas Stanley, Henry VII’s stepfather