The Tudor Society

May 21 – Philip of Spain, a Duke of Norfolk, and a Bible translator

Today is the anniversary of the birth of King Philip II of Spain, husband of Queen Mary I.

I'm commemorating his birthday by sharing a few facts about this European ruler...

On this day in Tudor history, 21st May 1524, in the reign of King Henry VIII, courtier, magnate and soldier, Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, died at Framlingham Castle in Suffolk. He was about 81 years of age when he died.

Norfolk was the grandfather of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, but there was far more to him than that. I introduce a man who was still leading troops into battle in his seventies...

Today is also the anniversary of reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale's arrest in Antwerp on 21st May 1535, after he was betrayed.

Why was Tyndale arrested and why didn't King Henry VIII help him when he had the chance?

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