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#OTD in Tudor history – 6 January

What happened on this day in history, 6th January, in the Tudor period?

Here are some event from 6th January in the reigns of the Tudor monarchs...

  • 1538 – Birth of Jane Suárez de Figueroa (née Dormer) at Eythrope, Buckinghamshire. Jane was the daughter of Sir William Dormer and his first wife, Mary Sidney. She was a favourite of Queen Mary I, and was the one Mary trusted on her deathbed to deliver her jewels to Elizabeth I. Jane married Gómez Suarez de Figueroa, Count then Duke of Feria, in December 1558. Click here to find out more about her.

  • 1540 - Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves in Queen's Closet at Greenwich Palace. See below for a video on this event.
  • 1587 – Baptism of Elizabeth Hastings (née Stanley), Countess of Huntingdon, at Knowlsey, Lancashire. She was the daughter of Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby, and Alice Spencer. Elizabeth married Henry Hastings, the future 5th Earl of Huntingdon, in 1601.
  • 1591 – Burial of George Puttenham, author and literary critic, at St Bride's, Fleet Street, London. He is thought to be the author of the 1588 “The Arte of English Poesie”. Puttenham is also known for his messy divorce from Lady Windsor and his short imprisonment at Fleet prison in 1570 for high treason, after being accused of slandering the Queen and inciting Julio Mantuano to kill the Bishop of London.
  • 1616 – Death of Philip Henslowe, theatre financier, in London. He was buried in the chancel of St Saviour's Church. Henslowe had financed the building of the Rose and Fortune playhouses.

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  1. C

    The shortest marriage in history, this poor lady travelled far to plight her troth to this most dangerous of kings, she was very brave but then being a woman, she had no say in her future, it was her brother who decided to marry her to Henry V111, all the world knew this man had sent his second queen to the scaffold, and his first queen had been cast of and treated appallingly, there were rumours his third had been neglected in childbed, so no wonder he was not lucky in his quest for a bride, he had been turned down twice, this plain gauche German lady from the Ducal House of Cleve’s was fated to be Henry V111’s fourth bride and was to go down in history as the one he had a complete aversion to, but Anna Von Cleves as she was called in her native country was to outlive her erring husband and his further two successive wives, was endowed with some beautiful homes and a nice pension, and was bestowed with the honour of being the kings beloved sister, she was to be remembered with much kindness by her stepchildren and servants and was given an honourable burial in Westminster Abbey, therefore this lady did not do so bad after all!

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#OTD in Tudor history – 6 January