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July 21 – John Dudley is arrested

On this day in Tudor history, 21st July, 1553, two days after Mary I had been proclaimed queen, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland was arrested near Cambridge.

This was just days after Northumberland had left London with an army to apprehend Mary, on behalf of his daughter-in-law, Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey).

But how and why did the man who had ruled England on Edward VI's behalf, as Lord President of his privy council, come to this?

I explain his role in the accession of Lady Jane Grey in July 1553 and what happened when Mary overthrew Queen Jane...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 21st July 1586, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, explorer Thomas Cavendish set sail from Plymouth.

Where was he going and why? And how would he break Sir Francis Drake's record?

You can find out even more about Thomas Cavendish in my video at

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    John Dudley schemed and lost.

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July 21 – John Dudley is arrested