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5 May – A pardon for Queen Catherine Howard’s stepgrandmother

On this day in Tudor history, 5th May 1542, just under three months after the execution of her stepgranddaughter, Queen Catherine Howard, Agnes Tilney, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, was pardoned and released from the Tower of London.

Find out how the dowager duchess ended up in the Tower in today's video.

Also on this day in history:

  • 1535 – Death of Charles Booth, Bishop of Hereford. He was buried in Hereford Cathedral.
  • 1536 – By the 5th May, the final arrests (Sir Thomas Wyatt and Richard Page) had been made in the fall of Anne Boleyn.
  • 1542 – Birth of Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, courtier and soldier, and the eldest son of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, by his first wife Mary Cheke.
  • 1543 – Execution of George Bucker (aka Adam Damplip), religious radical. He was hanged, drawn and quartered in Calais for treason.
  • 1586 – Death of Sir Henry Sidney, courtier and Lord Deputy of Ireland. His body was buried in the Sidney Chapel at Penshurst and his heart in Ludlow, where he lived as President of the Council in the Marches of Wales.
  • 1623 – Death of Philip Rosseter, lutenist, composer and theatre manager.
  • 1625 – Burial of James I (VI of Scotland) in the Henry VII Chapel of Westminster Abbey. He had been King of England for twenty-two years, and was known for uniting the crowns of England and Scotland.

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5 May – A pardon for Queen Catherine Howard’s stepgrandmother