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5 July – A radical shoemaker

On this day in Tudor history, 5th July 1583, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, shoemaker John Copping was executed.

He'd been in trouble before due to his radical views, but what had he done this time?

Find out more about John Copping in this latest edition of #TudorHistoryShorts...

On this day in Tudor history, 5th July 1535, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor and good friend, Sir Thomas More, wrote his final letter.

More's last letter was addressed to his beloved daughter Margaret (Meg) Roper and it was written in coal. It is a touching letter and includes instructions and messages for other members of the family.

In this video, I share Sir Thomas More's letter and give details on the people mentioned, along with explaining the meaning of the algorism stone.

Also on this day in Tudor history, 5th July 1589, three Essex women were hanged at Chelmsford, Essex, after being found guilty of murder by witchcraft.

Find out how these women came to be accused of witchcraft and why they were hanged...

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5 July – A radical shoemaker