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8 February – The Queen’s favourite rebels and the Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

On this day in Tudor history, 8th February 1601, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex and Queen Elizabeth I's former favourite, did a rather foolish thing and raised a rebellion against the queen and her council.

Spoilers: It didn't go well and he ended up being executed as a traitor.

Find out exactly what happened in this talk...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 8th February 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was executed at Fotheringhay Castle.

You can find out more about why Mary was executed in this video...

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