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#OTD in Tudor history – 1 April

On this day in Tudor history, 1st April, Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, reported that Henry VIII had sent one of Queen Anne Boleyn's ladies, Jane Seymour, a purse of money; physician William Harvey, who discovered the circulation of blood, was born; and author and soldier Thomas Churchyard died...

  • 1536 - Eustace Chapuys, imperial ambassador, reported hearing that Henry VIII had sent Jane Seymour “a purse full of sovereigns”. See video below for details on what happened.
  • 1538 – Death of Sir Amyas (Amias) Paulet, soldier and landowner, at Hinton St George. In Henry VIII's reign, he served as a Sheriff, Justice of the Peace and steward of the Estates of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Henry VII chose him to meet Catherine of Aragon as she travelled to London to marry his son, Arthur.
  • 1570 – Death of William Alley, Bishop of Exeter. He was buried in Exeter Cathedral.
  • 1571 – Death of Sir Thomas Cusack, Anglo-Irish judge, Master of the Rolls in Ireland, Keeper of the Great Seal, Chancellor of the Exchequer in Ireland, Lord Chancellor and Lord Justice. He was buried in Trevet, county Meath.

  • 1572 – Death of John Cawood, Queen's Printer to Mary I, in London.
  • 1577 – Death of Anthony Rush, Dean of Chichester. He was buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor.
  • 1578 – Birth of William Harvey, English physician and the man who discovered the circulation of blood. See video below.
  • 1578 – Death of Sir Arthur Champernowne, soldier, naval commander, member of Parliament and Vice-Admiral of the West. Edward VI knighted him for his service in France, and he was also involved in putting down the Prayer Book Rebellion.
  • 1604 – Death of Thomas Churchyard, author and soldier, in Westminster, London. He was buried in St Margaret's Church, Westminster. Churchyard started writing in the reign of Edward VI and some of his poems were published in “Tottel's Miscellany”. Click here to read more about him.

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#OTD in Tudor history – 1 April