The Tudor Society

April 10 – The Gregorian Calendar and a son for Margaret Tudor

On this day in Tudor history, 10th April 1585, Pope Gregory XIII died from a fever. He was succeeded by Pope Sixtus V.

Pope Gregory is known for his reform of the calendar. He introduced what is now called the Gregorian Calendar, or Western or Christian Calendar, replacing the Julian Calendar, which had been used since 45 BC.

But why was this reform needed and how was it done?

Find out more about it, and how England didn't use it until the 18th century in this video:

Also n this day in Tudor history, 10th April 1512, Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots, eldest daughter of the late King Henry VII, and sister of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a boy who would become King James V of Scotland.

Find out more about James V, his life and reign, and his relationship with his uncle, King Henry VIII, in this video:

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