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May 24 – Anne Askew, Robert Cecil, and a monstrous birth

On this day in Tudor history, 24th May 1546, letters were sent from the Privy Council to the future Protestant martyr Anne Askew and her estranged husband Thomas Kyme.

The couple were ordered to appear in front of the council within fourteen days.

But why? What was going on? And what happened next?

On this day in history, 24th May 1612, in the reign of King James I, Elizabeth I's former Secretary of State, Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, died.

Find out a bit more about the man Elizabeth I called "my pygmy"...

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Also on this day in Tudor history, 24th May 1562, according to contemporary sources, a "monstrous" child was born in Chichester, Sussex.

This deformed baby was not the only "monstrous" birth that year and these events were seen as signs from God.

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May 24 – Anne Askew, Robert Cecil, and a monstrous birth