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#OTD in Tudor history – 23 April

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd April, Sir Nicholas Carew was elected to the Order of the Garter, rather than George Boleyn, whose name had also been put forward; and the famous playwright William Shakespeare died on a day that may also have been his birthday...

  • 1500 – Birth of Alexander Ales (Alesius, Aless), Scottish theologian and reformer, at Edinburgh. His mother was Christina Bigholm, and his actual surname seems to have been Alan or Allane. He changed his name when he went into exile, choosing “Alesius”, meaning “bird”, or in this case, “exile”.
  • 1512 – Birth of Henry Fitzalan, 12th Earl of Arundel, son of William Fitzalan, 11th Earl of Arundel, and Anne (née Percy), daughter of Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland. At his baptism, Henry VIII stood as his godfather. He served Henry VIII as Deputy of Calais, Privy Councillor and Lord Chamberlain.
  • 1536 – Sir Nicholas Carew was elected to the Order of the Garter at the annual chapter meeting at Greenwich, rather than George Boleyn, brother of Queen Anne Boleyn. See video below.
  • 1564 - Traditional birthdate of William Shakespeare, the Bard. It is not known on what date Shakespeare was actually born but he was baptised at Stratford-upon-Avon on 26th April 1564, and baptism usually took place around three days after birth. Shakespeare also died on this day in 1616. He was buried at the Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, in the chancel.

23rd April, St George's Day, was the traditional day for announcing new appointments to the Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry in England. Click here to read more about the Order of the Garter and see the video below to find out when St George became patron saint of England.

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#OTD in Tudor history – 23 April