The Tudor Society
  • April 16 – Guy Fawkes, the Mary Rose and Drinkable Gold

    On this day in Tudor history, 16th April 1570, Gunpowder Plot conspirator Guy Fawkes was baptised in York.

    In this video, I talk about how the Gunpowder Plot has its origins in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and why these men were driven to try and blow up Westminster…

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  • 16 April – A fortune from drinkable gold

    On this day in Tudor history, 16th April 1550, alchemist, apothecary and physician Francis Anthony was born, probably in London. He had a rather eventful life, being imprisoned on several occasions, and he made his fortune from his invention aurum potabile, drinkable gold, which he claimed had amazing curative powers.

    Find out more about Francis Anthony and why he ended up in prison in today’s talk.

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