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July 15 – The Newbury Martyrs, and Inigo Jones

On this day in Tudor history, 15th July 1556, in the reign of Mary I, the trial of Julins Palmer, John Gwyn and Thomas Robyns opened at St Nicholas Church in Newbury. These men, who are now known as the Newbury Martyrs, were accused of sedition and heresy.

But how did Julins Palmer, a formerly staunch Catholic end up being executed for heresy in Mary I's reign?

Find out more about Palmer, his trial and the executions of the Newbury Martyrs...

And on this day in 1573, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, architect and theatre designer Inigo Jones was born.

Find out more about this famous architect and the buildings he designed in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts...

Also on this day in Tudor history, in 1553, the royal ships that were supposed to be Queen Jane’s and that were guarding the coast off East Anglia to stop Mary fleeing England or any of her supporters invading England, swapped sides and declared for Queen Mary.

Find out what happened...

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July 15 – The Newbury Martyrs, and Inigo Jones