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June 5 – A favourite in trouble, a silkworm expert and Catherine of Aragon’s best friend

On this day in Tudor history, 5th June 1600, Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, was in a spot of bother. Even though he was usually one of Elizabeth I's favourite, Devereux was charged with insubordination. Oh dear.

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On this day in Tudor history, 5th June 1604, Tudor physician and naturalist Thomas Moffet, or Muffet, died at Wilton in Wiltshire.

The fact that he is known for a poem on silkworms and his daughter is linked to the famous nursery rhyme piqued my interest ...

You can read Moffet's 75-page poem at https://archive.org/details/gri_33125008513125/page/n5

And on this day in Tudor history, 5th June 1516, Spaniard Maria de Salinas married William, 10th Lord Willoughby of Eresby.

Maria and William were the parents of Catherine Willoughby, who went on to marry Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Maria was also a good friend of Catherine of Aragon and managed to be with the queen in her final hours, even though she wasn't supposed to be there.

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June 5 – A favourite in trouble, a silkworm expert and Catherine of Aragon’s best friend