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March 30 – Sir Ralph Sadler

Portrait of an unknown man some believe to be Ralph Sadler by Hans Holbein the Younger

On this day in Tudor history, 30th March 1587, in the reign of Elizabeth I, Sir Ralph Sadler died. He was in his 80th year.

Sadler was a diplomat and administrator who worked as Thomas Cromwell's secretary before being noticed by Henry VIII.

At his death, he was one of the richest men in England.

Here are a few more facts about him…

You can read Sadler's letters and speeches at

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Image: A portrait of a man thought by some to be Ralph Sadler by Hans Holbein the Younger.

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