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February 27 – Chaplain Richard Madox dies on a troubled voyage

A galleon and the cover of a modern edition of the diary of Richard Madox

On this day in Tudor history, 27th February 1583, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, thirty-six-year-old diarist and Church of England clergyman, Richard Madox, died near Espirito Santo harbour, near Vitória, Brazil.

Madox served as chaplain and secretary to Captain Edward Fenton on his 1582 voyage to the Moluccas and China. Madox's last diary entry was 31 December 1582, a simple comment on the weather that day. It is thought that he was buried at sea.

Here are a few facts about Madox…

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