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4 July – William Byrd “a father of Musick”

On 4th July 1623, Elizabethan composer William Byrd died.

Find out about William Byrd, his association with Thomas Tallis, and his works, in this latest edition of #TudorHistoryShorts...

Here is a YouTube video of performances of his works:
William Byrd (1540/1543?-1623), Mass for Five Voices (complete). The Tallis Scholars:

On this day in Tudor history, 4th July 1551, Gregory Cromwell, 1st Baron Cromwell, died of sweating sickness at Launde Abbey in Leicestershire. He was laid to rest at the abbey’s chapel on 7th July.

Gregory Cromwell was the son of the more famous Thomas Cromwell, but what do we know about him and what happened to him after his father's fall in 1540?

Find out about the life and career of Gregory Cromwell...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 4th July 1533, two men were burnt at the stake at Smithfield for heresy: reformer and theologian John Frith, for his belief that Purgatory didn't exist and his views on the sacrament, and tailor's apprentice Andrew Hewet for his belief regarding the sacrament. Find out more about what was wrong with their beliefs and how they were betrayed...

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4 July – William Byrd “a father of Musick”