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4 May – Bess of Hardwick

Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, who has gone down in history as Bess of Hardwick, was buried on this day in 1608. Find out a bit more about this fascinating Tudor lady in this #TudorHistoryShorts video, or you can scroll down slightly for my more detailed video on her.

You can find out even more about Bess in this video:

On this day in Tudor history, 4th May 1535, in the reign of King Henry VIII, three Carthusian monks, a Bridgettine monk and a parish priest were executed at Tyburn.

They were executed for refusing to accept the King as the Supreme Head of the Church and “for writing and giving counsel against the King”, and had to suffer a full traitor's death, one after the other.

Find out more about them and also London Charterhouse, home to the Carthusian order...

In this video, I mark the anniversary of the execution of Edmund de la Pole by sharing some information about him and his brother, Richard, and what led to Edmund's demise on the scaffold at Tower Hill.

What led to Edmund finally being beheaded after nine years of imprisonment and what happened to Richard de la Pole?

On this day in 1536, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, received a message of comfort from his wife, Jane Boleyn. What do we know about this message? I share what the contemporary sources tell us about the message and also what else happened on 4th May 1536...

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4 May – Bess of Hardwick