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August 4 – William Cecil dies, and rebels fight valiantly

On this day in Tudor history, 4th August 1598, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, died. He'd been Elizabeth's chief advisor and a man she called her spirit.

Hear a few more William Cecil facts in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts...

And on this day in 1549, in the reign of King Edward VI, the Battle of Woodbury Common, part of the Prayer Book Rebellion, took place on Woodbury Common, near the village of Woodbury in East Devon.

The battle was between the rebels and the crown troops commanded by John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford. Although the rebels fought valiantly, they were defeated.

Find out more about the battle and what caused the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549...

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August 4 – William Cecil dies, and rebels fight valiantly