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#OTD in Tudor history – 11 January

On this day in Tudor history, 11th January, the first recorded lottery was drawn at St Paul's, a printer was hanged drawn and quartered, and a Lord of Misrule was buried...

  • 1503 - Birth of painter Francesco Mazzuoli Parmigiano in Parma, Italy.
  • 1564 – Death of Sir Richard Southwell, the Tudor administrator who had served Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I. He was buried in the chancel of Woodrising Church, Norfolk.

  • 1569 - The first recorded lottery, “a verie rich Lotterie Generall”, was drawn at the west door of St Paul's Cathedral. Its purpose was to raise funds for the “reparation of the havens and strength of the Realme, and towardes such other publique good workes”. Find out more in my video below.
  • 1579 – Burial of George Ferrers, courtier, Member of Parliament, Lord of Misrule and poet, at Flamstead, Hertfordshire. Ferrers is known for the Ferrer's Case, when Ferrers was arrested for debt and fought with the arresting officers. Ferrers contributed works to “A Mirror for Magistrates”. Find out more about him in the video below.
  • 1584 – The Execution of William Carter, printer. He was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn after being found guilty of treason, for printing a book which allegedly contained a passage inciting the assassination of Elizabeth I. Click here to read more about him.
  • 1591 - Birth of Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex, son of Elizabeth I's favourite, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex. His maternal grandfather was Sir Francis Walsingham. Devereux was Captain-General of the parliamentary forces in 1642, and Lord-General in 1643.

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#OTD in Tudor history – 11 January