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8 May – A goodly sight for Henry VIII

The iconic portrait of Henry VIII after Holbein

On this day in Tudor history, 8th May 1539, war panic led to a show of strength in London - an 11-hour procession of beautifully dressed and armed men, crowded streets and the shooting of guns.

Why? What was this all about?

Find out in this #TudorHistoryShorts video...

On this day in Tudor history, 8th May 1508, herald and chronicler Charles Wriothesley was born in London.

Wriothesley’s chronicle is one of the major primary sources for King Henry VIII's reign, so let me tell you more about its writer, Charles Wriothesley, Windsor Herald, and what heralds actually are.

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Wriothesley's Chronicle Volume I can be read at and Volume II at

Also on this day in Tudor history, 8th May 1559, Queen Elizabeth I gave her approval to the Acts of Uniformity and Supremacy.

The Act of Uniformity was incredibly important and it reflected the queen's wish to follow a middle road where religion was concerned.

But what was this act? What did it establish? What did Elizabeth want for England and what happened?

Find out in this video...

And in 1536, in the lead-up to Queen Anne Boleyn’s fall, vultures were circling, hands were being rubbed with glee, but who were these vultures and what were they after?

Find out in 8th May 1536 video:

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