The Tudor Society

April 1 – Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 1st April 1536, the imperial ambassador passed on information he'd received from two separate sources to his master, Emperor Charles V. The news was regarding Henry VIII and his behaviour towards one of his wife's ladies-in-waiting, a certain Jane Seymour.

Find out exactly what happened, what Henry and Jane were up to, and how long this had been going on, in today's video:

Also on this day in history:

  • 1538 – Death of Sir Amyas (Amias) Paulet, soldier and landowner, at Hinton St George. In Henry VIII's reign, he served as a Sheriff, Justice of the Peace and steward of the Estates of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Henry VII chose him to meet Catherine of Aragon as she travelled to London to marry his son, Arthur.
  • 1570 – Death of William Alley, Bishop of Exeter. He was buried in Exeter Cathedral.
  • 1571 – Death of Sir Thomas Cusack, Anglo-Irish judge, Master of the Rolls in Ireland, Keeper of the Great Seal, Chancellor of the Exchequer in Ireland, Lord Chancellor and Lord Justice. He was buried in Trevet, County Meath.
  • 1572 – Death of John Cawood, Queen's Printer to Mary I, in London.
  • 1577 – Death of Anthony Rush, Dean of Chichester. He was buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor.
  • 1578 – Birth of William Harvey, English physician and the man who discovered the circulation of blood.
  • 1578 – Death of Sir Arthur Champernowne, soldier, naval commander, member of Parliament and Vice-Admiral of the West. Edward VI knighted him for his service in France, and he was also involved in putting down the Prayer Book Rebellion.
  • 1604 – Death of Thomas Churchyard, author and soldier, in Westminster, London. He was buried in St Margaret's Church, Westminster. Churchyard started writing in the reign of Edward VI and some of his poems were published in “Tottel's Miscellany”. His literary works include “The Firste Parte of Churchyardes Chippes”, “A Generall Rehearsall of Warres”, “Churchyardes Chance”, “Churchyardes Charitie” and “Churchyardes Charge”. Churchyard was also an active soldier, serving with the Duke of Somerset in Scotland and fighting as a mercenary for Protestants in Europe.

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April 1 – Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour