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April 1 – William Harvey, his experiments and blood circulation and Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 1st April 1578, English physician William Harvey, was born in Folkestone, Kent. Harvey has gone down in history as being the man who discovered the circulation of blood, and he was also physician extraordinary to King James I and King Charles I.

How did Harvey work out that the heart pumped the blood around the body and how was his challenge of Galen's work received?

Find out more about William Harvey's work, and also his role in the pardoning of women accused of witchcraft, in this...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 1st April 1536, imperial ambassador Eustace Chapuys recorded King Henry VIII courting a woman who wasn’t his wife, the woman was Jane Seymour.

Find out more in this video...

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