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#OTD in Tudor history – 28 March

On this day in Tudor history, 28th March, the Renaissance artist Raphael was born; Anne Boleyn's former chaplain and almoner John Skip, Bishop of Hereford, died; and five Protestants were burnt at the stake for heresy...

  • 1483 - One of the birthdates given for Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, or Raphael as he is known, the Italian Renaissance artist and architect. See video below.
  • 1489 – Death of Thomas Kemp (Kempe), Bishop of London and nephew of John Kemp, Archbishop of Canterbury, in Fulham. He was buried in the chantry chapel of St Paul's.
  • 1552 – Death of John Skip, Bishop of Hereford, in London. Skip is known for being the chaplain and almoner of Queen Anne Boleyn, and preaching his controversial Passion Sunday sermon in April 1536. He became Bishop of Hereford in 1539. He was buried at St Mary Mounthaw, London. See video below.
  • 1555 – Burnings of Protestant martyrs Stephen Knight and William Pygot at Maldon and Braintree, respectively, in Essex, and William Dighel at Banbury, for heresy. Click here to read more about them.

  • 1558 – Protestant martyrs Cuthbert Symson, Hugh Foxe and John Devinish were burned at the stake at Smithfield.
  • 1579 – Death of Sir Thomas Gargrave, administrator and Speaker of the House of Commons. He was elected as Speaker at Elizabeth I's first Parliament in 1559.
  • 1591 – Birth of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Salisbury and politician, son of Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, and grandson of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley.

And today is Maundy Thursday - click here to find out how it was celebrated in Tudor times.

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#OTD in Tudor history – 28 March