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#OTD in Tudor history – 11 June

On this day in Tudor history, 11th June, England's new king, Henry VIII, married Catherine of Aragon; humanist and scholar Sir Anthony Cooke died; and the Feast of St Barnabas was celebrated...

  • 1456 – Birth of Anne Neville, Queen Consort of Richard III, at Warwick Castle. Anne was the daughter of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick and 6th Earl of Salisbury, known as the Kingmaker, and his wife, Anne Beauchamp.
  • 1488 – Death of James III of Scotland, at Sauchieburn, or “the field of Stirling”. It is not known whether he died in battle or after the battle.
  • 1509 – Marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon at Greenwich Palace - click here to read more about it or see video below.
  • 1540 – Birth of Barnabe Googe, translator and poet. Googe is known as one of the earliest English pastoral poets.
  • 1544 – Bishops ordered by Henry VIII to ensure that the new litany was “in our native englysshe tonge”.

  • 1560 – Death of Marie de Guise (Mary of Guise), former consort of James V and regent of Scotland, at Edinburgh Castle. Her body lay in a lead coffin at the castle, in St Margaret's Chapel, until March 1561 when it was taken back to France. Marie was buried in the convent of St Pierre at Rheims.
  • 1576 – Death of Sir Anthony Cooke, humanist and educator. See video below.

And it's also St Barnabas's Day, but how was that celebrated by the Tudors?

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#OTD in Tudor history – 11 June