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The Tudor Society

May 26 – Henry VIII meets with Emperor Charles V, and the burial of Barbara Sidney, Countess of Leicester

On this day in Tudor history, 26th May 1520, in the lead-up to King Henry VIII’s meeting with Francis I of France at the Field of Cloth of Gold, the English king met with his nephew Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, at Dover Castle on the south coast of England.

Find out more about this meeting and the rather lavish outfits worn by Henry VIII and his queen consort, Catherine of Aragon...

And on this day in 1621, Barbara Sidney (née Gamage), Countess of Leicester, was buried at Penshurst.

Find out about this Tudor lady, whose marriage was the concern of several prominent Tudor men and who ended up marrying an Elizabethan poet...

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May 26 – Henry VIII meets with Emperor Charles V, and the burial of Barbara Sidney, Countess of Leicester