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#OTD in Tudor history – 29 April

On this day in Tudor history, 29th April, William Dacre, the only man to be acquitted in Henry VIII's reign, was born; Queen Anne Boleyn had an altercation with groom of the Stool Sir Henry Norris; Lady Jean Gordon started divorce proceedings against the Earl of Bothwell; and Sir Dru Drury died...

  • 1500 – Birth of William Dacre, 3rd Baron Dacre of Gilsland and 7th Baron Greystoke. See video below.
  • 1536 – Anne Boleyn argued with Sir Henry Norris, rebuking him with the words "You look for dead men's shoes, for if aught came to the King but good, you would look to have me", and had an encounter with another courtier. See video below.
  • 1567 - James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, who had recently abducted and allegedly "ravished" Mary, Queen of Scots, had a suit of divorce made against him by his wife, Lady Jean Gordon. It was at his instigation. See video below.
  • 1579 – Death of Richard Cheyney, Bishop of Gloucester, at The Lodge in Painswick, Gloucestershire, the bishop's manor. He was buried in his cathedral.

  • 1594 – Death of Thomas Cooper, Bishop of Winchester and theologian, at Winchester. He was buried in his cathedral, on the south side. Cooper's works included “Cooper's Chronicle”, Thesaurus Linguae Romanae et Britannicae and “An Admonition to the People of England”, which was directed against Puritans.
  • 1617 – Death of Sir Dru Drury, courtier, member of Parliament, friend of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, and Lieutenant of the Tower of London (1595-6), at Riddlesworth Hall in Norfolk. See video below.

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#OTD in Tudor history – 29 April