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#OTD in Tudor History – 25 January

On this day in Tudor history, Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn even though he was still married to Catherine of Aragon, Catholic martyr St Edmund Campion was born, Wyatt's Rebellion began, and people celebrated the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul...

  • 1533 - Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn at Whitehall. See video below.
  • 1540 – Birth of Edmund Campion, Jesuit and martyr St Edmund Campion, in London. He was hanged, drawn and quartered on 1st December 1581 for treasonable conspiracy. Campion was beatified in 1886 by Pope Leo XIII and canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI. Click here to find out more about Campion.
  • 1554 – Thomas Wyatt the Younger raised his standard in Maidstone, and other rebels in Kent made simultaneous proclamations in Rochester, Tonbridge, Malling, and Milton. Click here to read more about Wyatt's Rebellion.

  • 1559 – Elizabeth I's first Parliament was inaugurated.
  • 1567 – Death of Sir William Hewett, Lord Mayor of London from 1st September 1559.
  • 1586 – Robert Dudley accepted the title of Governor-General of the Netherlands.

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#OTD in Tudor History – 25 January