The Tudor Society
  • 16 July – The death of Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

    On this day in Tudor history, 16th July 1557, forty-one-year-old Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII, died at her home, Chelsea Old Manor. She’d been ill for a few months.

    Anne of Cleves was a warm and generous lady, something which is shown in her last wishes with the bequests to her household, friends and stepdaughters.

    Find out more about her bequests and her funeral arrangements in today’s talk.

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  • 15 July – The Newbury Martyrs

    On this day in Tudor history, 15th July 1556, the trial of Julins Palmer, John Gwyn and Thomas Robyns, men now known as the Newbury Martyrs, opened at St Nicholas Church in Newbury. The men were accused of sedition and heresy.

    But how did Julins Palmer, a formerly staunch Catholic end up being executed for heresy in Mary I’s reign?

    Find out more about Palmer, his trial and the executions of the Newbury Martyrs in today’s talk.

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  • 14 July – Richard Taverner and his Bible

    On this day in Tudor history, 14th July 1575, evangelical reformer and translator, Richard Taverner, died at Woodeaton in Oxfordshire. He was laid to rest in the parish church at Woodeaton.

    Richard Taverner is mainly known for his Bible translation, “Taverner’s Bible”, but there is far more to him than that, including his time as Thomas Cromwell’s chief propagandist.

    Find out all about Richard Taverner’s life and career in today’s talk.

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  • 13 July – Unease among Queen Jane’s councillors

    On this day in Tudor history, 13th July 1553, while John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, was preparing to leave London to apprehend the late Henry VIII’s daughter, Mary, members of the new Queen Jane’s council were meeting with the imperial ambassadors.

    What was the meeting about? What was the news from East Anglia? And why were councillors beginning to feel uneasy?

    Find out what was going on in today’s talk.

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  • 12 July – Men flock to Mary’s cause and Jane makes a mistake

    On this day in Tudor history, 12th July 1553, Mary (future Mary I) moved from Kenninghall to Framlingham and set about rallying support. Sir Thomas Cornwallis was able to intercept her on her journey and pledge his loyalty to her. He wasn’t the only one flocking to her cause.

    Meanwhile, back in London, the new queen, Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey), made a serious mistake by refusing to send her father to go and apprehend Mary.

    Why was this a mistake?

    Find out what was going on back in 1553 in this talk.

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  • Early July Tudor Events Quiz

    How much do you know about the important events that took place early in the month of July in the Tudor period? Well, lots if you tune into my “on this day” videos regularly!

    Test your Tudor history knowledge with this week’s fun quiz. Good luck!

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  • 11 July – Men change sides from Queen Jane to Mary

    On this day in history, 11th July 1553, in Ipswich, Suffolk, Sir Thomas Cornwallis, sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk, Lord Thomas Wentworth, and some other prominent Suffolk gentlemen declared for Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey) and publicly proclaimed her the rightful queen. However, the following day, Cornwallis recanted and proclaimed Mary as queen.

    Why? What happened to make this sheriff change his mind so soon?

    Find out more about the situation in July 1553 in today’s talk.

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  • Ladies-in-waiting and Maids of Honour

    In this edition of Teasel’s Tudor Trivia, rescue dog Teasel and historian Claire Ridgway share information on ladies-in-waiting, the girls and women who served queens consort and queens regnant in the Tudor period.

    What was the difference between a lady-in-waiting and a maid of honour? What did ladies-in-waiting do? Did they get paid or rewarded?

    Find out all about Tudor ladies-in-waiting from Claire and Teasel.

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  • 10 July – The Throckmorton Plot against Elizabeth I

    On this day in Tudor history, 10th July 1584, Catholic conspirator, Francis Throckmorton, was executed at Tyburn for high treason after the Throckmorton Plot had been discovered.

    The Throckmorton Plot was a plot to depose Elizabeth I and to replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots, but why did Francis Throckmorton plot against his queen? Who did he plot with and how was the plot discovered?

    Find out more about Francis Throckmorton and his plot in today’s talk.

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  • Medieval and Tudor Falconry or Hawking

    Falconry was a popular sport among the upper classes in the medieval and Tudor periods, and was also quite a status symbol. Find out more about the sport in this week’s Claire Chats talk.

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  • 9 July – Mary wants to avoid bloodshed and vengeance

    On this day in Tudor history, 9th July 1553, three days after the death of her half-brother, King Edward VI, and the day after she’d proclaimed herself queen at her estate at Kenninghall, Mary (future Mary I), daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, wrote to the late king’s privy council regarding “some evil” that she’d heard.

    But what was going on? What had Mary heard and what was she going to do about it?

    Find out more about the situation and Mary’s letter in today’s talk.

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  • Our 2021 historical tours – The Anne Boleyn Experience and Elizabeth I Experience – BOOK NOW!

    2020 has been a bit of a year so far, hasn’t it? So I’m very much looking forward to 2021 as I get to co-lead no less than five luxury history tours featuring my two very favourite Tudor women, Queen Anne Boleyn and her daughter, Queen Elizabeth I.

    Three of the five tours are already sold out, but my co-leader and organisational whizz, Philippa Lacey Brewell of British History Tours, has just launched two new ones: The Elizabeth I Experience July 2021 tour and the Anne Boleyn Experience September 2021 tour.

    If past years are anything to go on, places will sell out quickly, so do act quickly.

    You can find out all about these fabulous tours, the places we visit, the luxury accommodation, and the excellent speakers, by visiting the following links:

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  • 8 July – Thomas Boleyn’s important duty

    On this day in Tudor history, on 8th July 1503, during the reign of King Henry VII, Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, left Collyweston in Northamptonshire to undertake an important job for the king.

    He was to be part of a retinue escorting King Henry VII’s eldest daughter, Margaret Tudor, to Scotland, for her marriage to King James IV.

    Find out more about the retinue and journey in today’s talk.

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  • 7 July – William Turner, Father of English botany

    On this day in Tudor history, 7th July 1568, naturalist, herbalist, ornithologist, reformer and physician, William Turner, died. Turner is known as “the father of English botany and of ornithology”, but why and who exactly was he?

    In today’s talk, I give an overview of Turner’s life and career, including his attacks on Bishop Gardiner and his time in exile, plus a bit of trivia about the training of his little dog.

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  • 6 July – The execution of Sir Thomas More

    On this day in Tudor history, Tuesday 6th July 1535, Henry VIII’s former friend and Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, was beheaded on Tower Hill as a traitor.

    In today’s talk, I share accounts of his execution, including one that gives real insight into More’s personality, with his black humour on the scaffold.

    I also give details on the fate of Sir Thomas More’s head and what his daughter, Margaret Roper, did with it.

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  • 5 July – Sir Thomas More’s last letter

    On this day in Tudor history, 5th July 1535, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor and good friend, Sir Thomas More, wrote his final letter.

    More’s last letter was addressed to his beloved daughter Margaret (Meg) Roper and it was written in coal. It is a touching letter and includes instructions and messages for other members of the family.

    In today’s talk, I share Sir Thomas More’s letter and give details on the people mentioned, along with explaining the meaning of the algorism stone.

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  • July martyrs, saints and feast days crossword puzzle

    July is a busy month for Tudor feast days and martyrdoms, but how much can you remember about them?

    Test yourself with this fun crossword puzzle. Simply click on the link or image below to open and print out…

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  • 4 July – Gregory Cromwell – who was he?

    On this day in Tudor history, 4th July 1551, Gregory Cromwell, 1st Baron Cromwell, died of sweating sickness at Launde Abbey in Leicestershire. He was laid to rest at the abbey’s chapel on 7th July.

    Gregory Cromwell was the son of the more famous Thomas Cromwell, but what do we know about him and what happened to him after his father’s fall in 1540?

    Find out about the life and career of Gregory Cromwell in today’s talk.

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  • 3 July – Pretender Perkin Warbeck lands

    On this day in Tudor history, 3rd July 1495, the pretender Perkin Warbeck landed at Deal in Kent with men and ships. In the ensuing battle, the Battle of Deal, with Kentish men who supported King Henry VII, around 150 of Warbeck’s men were killed and over 160 captured. Warbeck managed to escape, fleeing to Ireland.

    Who was Warbeck claiming to be? Whose support did her have? And what happened next?

    Find out more about claimant Perkin Warbeck in today’s talk.

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  • Medieval and Tudor Pest Control

    I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but I’m being harassed by various pests (not Tim, I should add!) at the moment. Just last weekend, I was bitten by some very pesky critters, and it inspired me to research medieval and Tudor pest control.

    In this week’s Claire Chats talk, I delve into how medieval and Tudor people dealt with fleas, flies, mosquitoes, moths, rats, mice and more…

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  • 2 July – Thomas Boleyn’s loss is Thomas Cromwell’s gain

    On this day in Tudor history, 2nd July 1536, Thomas Cromwell, the king’s right-hand man, was formally appointed Lord Privy Seal. The previous holder of the office had been Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, who’d been stripped of the office following the falls of his children, Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford.

    But what is a privy seal and what does the Lord of the Privy Seal do?

    Find out more in today’s talk.

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  • Live Chat transcript – Sarah-Beth Watkins on Sir Francis Bryan

    Thank you to all those who joined in with last week’s expert Q&A session with Sarah-Beth Watkins on Sir Francis Bryan, who has gone down in history as the Vicar of Hell and a rather colourful character.

    If you missed it, you can catch up with it with this transcript:

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  • 1 July – Sir Thomas More is found guilty

    On this day in Tudor history, 1st July 1535, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor, was tried for high treason by a special commission of oyer and terminer. The commission found him guilty and he was executed on 6th July 1535.

    But how did More, a faithful and loyal servant of the king, end up in this mess? Who was on the commission and what exactly happened?

    Find out all about the fall of Sir Thomas More in today’s talk.

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  • Arbella Stuart – Gayle Hulme – Expert Talk

    This month we have Gayle Huylme taking us through the life of Arbella Stuart, from childhood to her very sad death in the Tower of London. You’ll really enjoy this detailed talk…

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  • July 2020 – Tudor Life – The Cromwells

    We have a real treat for you this month – an issue dedicated to the Cromwells! And it’s a great one with 82 pages packed full of Tudor goodness.

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  • Tudor Life July 2020 Taster

    Here’s your July taster of our magazine! We have a real treat for you this month – an issue dedicated to the Cromwells! And it’s a great one as the full members’ edition has 82 pages packed full of Tudor goodness.

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  • 30 June – A mortal head wound for a jousting King of France

    On this day in Tudor history, 30th June 1559, keen sportsman, King Henry II of France, suffered a mortal head wound while jousting. He died on 10th July and was succeeded by his son, Francis II.

    Jousting was a dangerous sport and Henry was fatally injured when splinters from his opponent’s lance entered his right eye. Awful!

    Find out more about Henry II’s accident and death, and also his reign, in today’s talk.

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  • 29 June – Henry Percy, sweetheart of Anne Boleyn

    On this day in Tudor history, 29th June 1537, just over a year after the execution of his former sweetheart, Anne Boleyn, Henry Algernon Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland, died at around the age of thirty-five.

    He’d been ill for some time and had actually collapsed after he sat in judgement on Anne Boleyn and her brother, George, in May 1536. But who was Henry Percy and what happened between him and Anne?

    Find out more about him in today’s talk.

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  • 28 June – A Catholic earl and poisoned roasted teal

    On this day in Tudor history, 28th June 1557, Philip Howard, 13th Earl of Arundel, was born at Arundel House, the Strand, London.

    Philip ended up being condemned to death for treason and dying of alleged poisoning in 1589, when he was just 32, so let me tell you a bit more about him and what led him to that very sticky end.

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  • Tudor nicknames wordsearch

    The Tudors were just as keen on giving people nicknames as we are today, particularly Elizabeth I, but how much do you know about the nicknames of prominent Tudors?

    Test your knowledge with this fun little wordsearch. Be warned: the words can go in any direction!

    Good luck!

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