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#OTD in Tudor history – 10 July

On this day in Tudor history, 10th July, Lady Jane Grey was received at the Tower of London and proclaimed queen; Francis Throckmorton was executed for high treason after the discovery of the Throckmorton Plot; and Elizabeth I visited the royal mint to check on her new coins...

  • 1553 - Lady Jane Grey, her husband, Lord Guildford Dudley, her parents and Guildford’s mother arrived by barge at the Tower of London, having travelled from Syon. Two heralds then proclaimed that Lady Jane Grey was now Queen of England before they moved on to proclaim their message in Cheapside and Fleet Street. See video below.
  • 1553 - A letter arrived from Mary, daughter of Henry VIII, informing the council that she was the rightful heir to the throne, not Lady Jane Grey, and demanding their support.
  • 1559 – Death of Henry II of France. He had been injured in a joust on 30th June when he was hit in the face by a lance. It is thought that a splinter entered his eye and went into his brain. He was buried in the Saint Denis Basilica.
  • 1559 – Accession of Francis II and Mary, Queen of Scots as King and Queen of France.

  • 1584 – Assassination of William of Orange, also known as William the Silent or William I, Prince of Orange. He was shot in the chest at his home in Delft by Balthasar Gérard, a Catholic Frenchman. A reward of 25,000 crowns had been offered by Philip II of Spain for the assassination of William, who was the main leader of the Dutch Protestant revolt against Spanish forces in the Netherlands. William was buried in the New Church in Delft. Gérard was captured and was tortured for days before being executed on 14th July 1584.
  • 1584 – Execution of Francis Throckmorton, Catholic conspirator, at Tyburn for high treason after he was found guilty of conspiring to remove Elizabeth I from the throne and to replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. See video below.
  • 1588 – Death of Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York. He was buried in Southwell Minster.

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#OTD in Tudor history – 10 July