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November 3 – A man said to be Henry VIII’s illegitimate son dies in the Tower

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd November 1592, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir John Perrot died at the Tower of London.

Sir John Perrot, who was a privy councillor and former Lord Deputy of Ireland, is a fascinating Tudor character. He survived being a Protestant and protecting 'heretics' in Mary I's reign, and he was saved six times from serious punishment by Queen Elizabeth I's intercession.

Was this favour due to him being the queen's half-brother? Some people think so.

You can find out more about Perrot and the arguments for and against him being Henry VIII's son, in this video:

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November 3 – A man said to be Henry VIII’s illegitimate son dies in the Tower