The Tudor Society

May 4 – Bess of Hardwick, Edmund de la Pole and an awful end for some Carthusian monks

On this day in Tudor history, 4th May 1608, Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, who is commonly known as Bess of Hardwick, was buried.

Find out a bit more about this fascinating Tudor lady in this short video...

You can find out even more about Bess in this video:

Today is the anniversary of the execution of claimant Edmund de la Pole, 8th Earl of Suffolk, on 4th May 1513.

Find out more about him and his brother, Richard, and what led to Edmund's demise after nine years of imprisonment...

And on this day in 1535, three Carthusian monks, a Bridgettine monk and a parish priest were executed at Tyburn.

They were executed for refusing to accept the king as the Supreme Head of the Church and “for writing and giving counsel against the King”, and had to suffer a full traitor's death, one after the other.

Find out more about them and also London Charterhouse, home to the Carthusian order, in this video...

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