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6 December – Sir Hugh Paulet died a natural death and the Feast of St Nicholas

On this day in Tudor history, 6th December 1573, soldier and administrator, Sir Hugh Paulet, died at his home in Hinton St George in Somerset.

He distinguished himself as a soldier in Henry VIII's reign, served as Governor of Jersey in Edward VI's reign, was a Protestant but survived Mary I's reign and served as Vice-President of the Welsh marches, and had a successful career in Elizabeth I's reign. He was an important man and a servant of the Crown, but still managed to die a natural death at his home.

Find out more about Sir Hugh Paulet, his life and career, in this talk...

Also on this day in Tudor history, I talk about the Feast of St Nicholas, and how it was the traditional day for a boy bishop to be elected.

Find out more about the tradition, why Henry VIII banned it, and how it’s been revived today, in this video

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6 December – Sir Hugh Paulet died a natural death and the Feast of St Nicholas