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#OTD in Tudor History – 2 January

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd January...

  • 1492 – King Boabdil surrendered Granada to the forces of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile - see below.
  • 1525 – Death of Sir William Uvedale. Uvedale had been created a Knight of the Bath and Knight of the Royal Body by Henry VII, and served Arthur, Prince of Wales, as his counsellor.
  • 1536 – Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial Ambassador, arrived at the dying Catherine of Aragon's bedside in Kimbolton Castle - see below.
  • 1539 - Geoffrey Pole, son of Sir Richard Pole and Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, was pardoned after attempting suicide for the third time.
  • 1550 (2nd or 4th) – Death of Sir Christopher Barker, Richmond Herald, Norroy King of Arms and Garter Principal King of Arms, at Paternoster Row in London. He was buried in St Faith's under St Paul's.
  • 1554 – Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger and Sir Peter Carew were summoned to appear before Mary I's privy council. They ignored the summons and continued plotting what was to be Wyatt's Rebellion.
  • 1598 – Death of Maurice Kyffin, soldier and author. He served Elizabeth I as Comptroller of the Musters to the army in Ireland from 1596, and is known for his Deffynniad Ffydd Eglwys Loegr, a Welsh translation of Bishop John Jewel's Apologia.

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    We know such a lot from Eustace Chapyus and this articulate letter about his visit to Katherine is long detailed and is full of sincere affection for his old friend, this woman whom he admired so much was really in the final stages of the illness that was to finally claim her but he did not know that, neither did her servants and doctors, what she endured was a respite from the tumour that surrounded her heart and at her autopsy, a black mass was found, this gave rise to the rumours she had been poisoned but today we know it was cancer, Chapyus had never stopped championing Katherine, he had often been very worried about her and had written to his master the emperor that ‘this accursed Anne had her foot in the stirrup’ and was sure to try to rid herself of the queen and princess, he had written many letters over the years to the emperor who was Katherine’s nephew, and I believe he would have rejoiced in Spain declaring open war on England for her kings treatment of his queen, but Katherine was against such actions, England was her adopted country and its citizens loved her, she wished no blood to be shed on her behalf, when he left her after his visit he was hopeful her health was improving, but she died shortly after, the kings wishes that he hoped Katherine would regain her health were mere words done for diplomacy, as on her death he was overcome with joy, the obstacle had finally been removed, sad when this was the woman whom had given King Henry V111 the best years of her life.

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#OTD in Tudor History – 2 January