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May 16 – Another prison for Mary, Queen of Scots, Sir Thomas More resigns, and the real “John Blackthorne” of Shōgun

On this day in Tudor history, 16th May 1568, following her escape from prison in Scotland, Mary landed on English soil and was taken prisoner once more, but this time by England.

Why was Mary taken prisoner? What happened?

On this day in 1532, Sir Thomas More resigned as Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor.

But what led to More's resignation when he had been such a loyal servant to King Henry VIII?

And on this day in 1620, navigator William Adams died in Hirado, Japan. Adams is thought to be the first Englishman to have reached Japan (arriving there in 1600) and was the inspiration for the character of John Blackthorne in the famous novel Shōgun.

How did William Adams end up in Japan and why did he stay there when he had a family in England?

Find out more about this interesting Tudor navigator...

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    I loved that book “Shogun” and read it two times. Subsequently, I read James Clavell’s other books, including “Tai-Pan”. He is a great writer.

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May 16 – Another prison for Mary, Queen of Scots, Sir Thomas More resigns, and the real “John Blackthorne” of Shōgun