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#OTD in Tudor History – 12 February

On this day in Tudor history, 12th February, Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guildford Dudley were executed for treason, and Blanche Parry, chief gentlewoman of Elizabeth I's privy chamber, died...

  • 1554 - Executions of Lady Jane Grey and her husband Lord Guildford Dudley for treason. They were buried in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London. See video below.
  • 1567 – Death of Sir Thomas White, founder of St John's College, Oxford, and former Lord Mayor of London, at his property in Size Lane, London. He was buried in St John's College Chapel.
  • 1584 – Executions of five Catholic priests, including James Fenn. They were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Fenn was beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1929.

  • 1590 – Death of Blanche Parry, chief gentlewoman of the privy chamber, at the age of eighty-two. She was buried in St Margaret's, Westminster, with funeral rites which were usually reserved for a baroness. See video below.
  • 1611 – Probable date of death of Sir Henry Lee, Queen's Champion from c.1580 to November 1590. He was buried at Quarrendon in Buckinghamshire.

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#OTD in Tudor History – 12 February