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5 January – Richard Willes – A quirky Tudor man

On this day in Tudor history, 5th January 1546, in the reign of King Henry VIII, geographer and poet, Richard Willes, was born in Pulham, Dorset.

Richard Willes has been described as "One of the quirkier figures in the literary history not only of the college but of the Elizabethan period as a whole", and he certainly was an interesting Tudor man. Find out about his literary accomplishments, and what exactly made him so "quirky", in today's talk.

You can read William Poole's article on Willes at

Also, on this day in Tudor history, 5th January 1531, the Pope got rather cross with King Henry VIII:

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