On this day in Tudor history, 5th March 1549, a bill of attainder was passed against Thomas Seymour, Baron Sudeley, uncle of King Edward VI, finding him guilty of 33 counts of treason.
In today's video, I explain what happened and share some of the charges laid against this brother of Queen Jane Seymour.
You can find out more about Thomas Seymour's alleged attempt to kidnap the young Kind Edward VI in my video for 16 January - at https://youtu.be/EPxknjmtU8Q
You may also be interested in my Claire Chats video talk - Thomas Seymour: A sexual predator?
Also on this day in history:
- 1496 - King Henry VII of England issued letters patent to John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto), the Italian navigator and explorer. Click here to read more.
- 1558 – Smoking tobacco was introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes.
- 1563 – Birth of Sir John Coke, politician and influential administrator during Charles I's reign.
- 1572 – Death of Edward Hastings, Baron Hastings of Loughborough, nobleman and soldier. In July 1553, when Lady Jane Grey became queen, he was involved in assembling supporters of Princess Mary in the Thames Valley and became one of Mary's trusted confidants. In the reign of Elizabeth I he was imprisoned in the Tower for hearing mass, but was released after taking the oath of supremacy.
- 1575 – Birth and baptism of William Oughtred, the mathematician responsible for developing a straight slide-rule, a gauging rod and various sundials. He also introduced the "×" symbol for multiplication and the abbreviations "sin" and "cos" for the sine and cosine functions.
- 1618 – Burial of Robert Abbot, Bishop of Salisbury, in Salisbury Cathedral.