The Tudor Society
  • #OTD in Tudor history – 11 March

    A portrait of Pope Leo X and Giles Fletcher's work "The History of Russia"

    On this day in Tudor history, 11th March, Giovanni di Lorenzo de’ Medici was proclaimed Pope Leo X, poet William Warner, “Our English Homer”, was buried, and poet, diplomat and MP Giles Fletcher the Elder died in London…

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  • 11 March – William Warner, our English Homer and The wonderful deathbed words of an Elizabethan poet

    On this day in history, 11th March 1609, Tudor poet and lawyer William Warner was buried at the Church of St John the Baptist at Great Amwell in Hertfordshire.

    Not many people today have heard of William Warner, but he was a well-respected and well-known poet in the Tudor era and even described as “our English Homer”. He is known for his huge poem, “Albion’s England, or, Historicall Map of the same Island”.

    Find out more about this poet in this talk…

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  • 11 March – Giles Fletcher the Elder

    Giles Fletcher the Elder, the Elizabethan poet and diplomat, died on 11 March 1611. He had an interesting life and a good court career, but it’s his deathbed speech to his son, Phineas, that piqued my interest in this Tudor man. His legacy was so much more than the literature he produced.

    In today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video, I give an overview of Fleltcher’s life and shares his deathbed words and the thoughts of his son who was with him.

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  • Giles Fletcher the Elder

    In today’s Claire Chats I talk about the life, career and legacy of Giles Fletcher the Elder, poet, diplomat and Member of Parliament.

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