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#OTD in Tudor history – 14 February

On this day in Tudor history, 14th February, former royal favourite Sir Nicholas Carew was found guilty of treason, Henry VIII's coffin leaked yucky stuff, "William Waste-all" died, and it was and is Valentine's Day...

  • 1492 – Death of William Berkeley, Marquis of Berkeley and a man known as “William Waste-all”. He was buried in the Augustinian friary in London with his second wife, Joan. Click here to find out more about Berkeley.
  • 1539 – Trial of Sr Nicholas Carew. He was found guilty of treason, after being implicated in the Exeter Conspiracy, and sentenced to death. Carew was executed on 3rd March 1539 at Tyburn. See video below.
  • 1547 - Henry VIII’s coffin was taken to Windsor for burial after resting overnight at Syon Abbey. Apparently, some liquid leaked out of it on to the floor at Syon, and this was thought to fulfil the prophecy made by Franciscan friar William Peto in 1535. See video below.

  • 1556 – Thomas Cranmer was degraded from his office of Archbishop of Canterbury for heresy.
  • 1601 – Execution of Thomas Lee, soldier, at Tyburn. He was hanged, drawn and quartered after being implicated in the failed rebellion of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.

And it's Valentine's Day!

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#OTD in Tudor history – 14 February