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#OTD in Tudor history – 12 June

On this day in Tudor history, 12th June, Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon, got cross with him, telling him to abandon his "wicked life"; Richard Rich interviewed an imprisoned Sir Thomas More; and a newly imprisoned Thomas Cromwell pleaded his innocence and begged for mercy...

  • 1492 – Burial of Elizabeth Woodville, former consort of Edward IV and mother of Elizabeth of York, next to her husband in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
  • 1511 – Burial of William Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon, at Blackfriars.
  • 1530 – Catherine of Aragon told Henry VIII to abandon his “wicked” life. See video below.
  • 1535 – Richard Rich interviewed Sir Thomas More in the Tower of London. He later reported, at More's trial, that More had denied the royal supremacy during this interview. See video below.
  • 1540 - The newly imprisoned Thomas Cromwell wrote to King Henry VIII from the Tower of London, asking for mercy and pleading his innocence. See video below.

  • 1553 – Edward VI's council commanded the judges of the King's Bench to turn Edward's "Devise for the succession" into a legal will.
  • 1567 – Death of Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich and Lord Chancellor, at Rochford. He was buried at Felstead. Richard Rich was Lord Chancellor in Edward VI's reign and went on to serve in Mary I's Privy Council.
  • 1573 – Birth of Robert Radcliffe, 5th Earl of Sussex, courtier and soldier. He was the son of Henry Radcliffe, 4th Earl of Sussex, and his wife, Honor. Radcliffe served Elizabeth I as an ambassador and as Earl Marshal and Colonel General of her army. He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Essex by James I in 1603.

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#OTD in Tudor history – 12 June