The Tudor Society

April 30 – A lawyer is burnt and two Tudor statesmen die

On this day in Tudor history, 30th April 1532, in the reign of King Henry VIII, lawyer James Bainham was burned at the stake at Smithfield for his reformed faith.

Find out more about what led Bainham to the stake, and hear an account of his end...

And on this day in 1544, also in the reign of King Henry VIII, Thomas Audley, Baron Audley of Walden and Lord Chancellor, died at his home in London.

Audley was Thomas Cromwell's right-hand man during the fall of Anne Boleyn in 1536, and survived Cromwell's fall in 1540, becoming even more important.

Find out more about Audley...

And on this day in 1596, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir John Puckering, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, died of apoplexy.

Find out a bit about him, and the trials he was involved in...

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