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#OTD in Tudor History – 20 January

On this day in Tudor history, 20th January, Mary I's gentlemen pensioners mustered before the queen, Mary I's fifth parliament opened, and Bible translator Miles Coverdale died after giving his best ever sermon...

  • 1525 – Death of Richard Bere, Abbot of Glastonbury. He was buried in the south aisle of the nave of the abbey church.
  • 1557 - “The Queen's Grace's pensioners did muster in bright harness” before Mary I. See the video below.

  • 1558 – The state opening of the fifth Parliament of Mary I's reign. This is one of the only mentions of a public appearance by Mary after the second departure of her husband, Philip of Spain, in July 1557. Click here for more information.
  • 1569 - Bible translator and Bishop of Exeter, Miles Coverdale died. He was buried in the chancel of St Bartholomew by the Exchange, London, on 22nd January. See the video below.
  • 1607 – Death of Jacob Verzelini, glassmaker, in Crutched Friars, London. He was buried at Downe Chapel. His work, which includes a cylindrical crystal tankard with silver-gilt lid and base and goblets, can be found in the British Museum and in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • 1618 – Death of Ferdinando Putlon, legal researcher and writer, at Bourton, near Buckingham. He was buried in the parish church at Desborough.

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#OTD in Tudor History – 20 January