The Tudor Society
  • #OTD in Tudor History – 22 January

    Portraits of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, and Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger

    On this day in Tudor history, 22nd January, war was declared, a Lord Protector was beheaded, Wyatt’s Rebellion was planned, and Francis Bacon, a lord chancellor and famous philosopher, author and scientist, was born…

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  • August 27 – Lady Anne Bacon (née Cooke)

    On this day in history, 27th August 1610, Lady Anne Bacon (née Cooke), mother of Sir Francis Bacon, was laid to rest at St Michael’s Church, near St Albans. She was in her early eighties when she died.

    Anne was the second daughter of the humanist scholar Sir Anthony Cooke, and the wife of Sir Nicholas Bacon, who served Elizabeth I as Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. The couple had two children together, Tudor spy Anthony Bacon and politician, philosopher, author and scientist Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban.

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  • January 22 – Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban

    Francis Bacon by Paul van Somer

    On this day in Tudor history, 22nd January 1561, Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban, was born at York House in the Strand, London.

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  • This week in Tudor History – 18-24 January – Part 2

    Part 2 of “This week in Tudor History” covers Tudor history events from 22nd to 24th January.

    22nd January 1561, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I – The birth of politician, philosopher, author and scientist Francis Bacon at York House, the Strand, London. Bacon is known as “the Father of the Scientific method” and Baconians believe that he was the true author of some or all of William Shakespeare’s plays…

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  • 17 May – Anthony Bacon, a Tudor spy

    On this day in Tudor history, 17th May 1601, Anthony Bacon was buried in St Olave’s, London.

    You might have heard of Francis Bacon, but his brother, Anthony Bacon, was rather interesting too!

    Who was Anthony Bacon?

    Well, he was a spy, providing intelligence for the likes of William Cecil, Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex. Find out more in today’s talk

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