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The Tudor Society

July 29 – Mary, Queen of Scots, marries Lord Darnley, and England defeats the Spanish Armada

On this day in Tudor history, Sunday 29th July 1565, twenty-three-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, queen regnant of Scotland, married her second husband, nineteen-year-old Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, at Holyrood Palace.

I give details of their wedding and how the couple's marital bliss was rather short-lived...

Book Recommendation: My Heart is My Own by John Guy.

On this day in Tudor history, 29th July 1588, the English naval fleet attacked the Spanish Armada in a battle known as the Battle of Gravelines.

England defeated Spain and it was down to the new tactics they'd learned from previous encounters with the Armada and from capturing a Spanish ship, as well as weather conditions.

What were these new and successful tactics and what happened at the Battle of Gravelines?

You can find out more about the Spanish Armada in this video...

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July 29 – Mary, Queen of Scots, marries Lord Darnley, and England defeats the Spanish Armada