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April 13 – A too lenient gaoler, Sir Thomas More makes a fatal decision, and a countess who harboured priests

On this day in Tudor history, 13th April 1557, John Brydges, 1st Baron Chandos of Sudeley, landowner, soldier and Lieutenant of the Tower of London, died at his home, Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds.

Brydges served Henry VIII, King Edward VI and Mary I loyally, and even managed to keep royal favour with Mary I after being accused of being too lenient with prisoners Lady Jane Grey and Princess Elizabeth (future Elizabeth I).

Let me tell you more about Brydges and his time in charge of Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I.

On this day in Tudor history, 13th April 1534, a man who'd been somewhat of a father figure to Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More, got into a spot of bother, or rather a lot of bother, when he refused to swear his allegiance to the Act of Succession. This act of defiance, or rather of his conscience, would, of course, lead to More's execution in 1535.

You can find out more about Sir Thomas More in our Thomas More category of articles and talks - click here.

You can read the letter he wrote to his daughter, Meg Roper, in full at

And on this day in 1630, Anne Howard (née Dacre), Countess of Arundel, died at Shifnal.

Anne was the eldest daughter of Thomas Dacre, 4th Lord Dacre of Gilsand, and wife of Philip Howard, 13th Earl of Arundel, but there are some other interesting facts about this Tudor lady.

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