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  • June 14 – Friar Peto and Sir Christopher Danby, both lucky men

    On this day in Tudor history, 14th June 1557, in the reign of Mary I, Friar William Peto was made a cardinal and a papal legate.

    He’d done well to survive Henry VIII’s reign as he’d upset the king with a controversial sermon and was attainted at one point.

    Find out more about Peto in this short video…

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  • 14 June – Friar Peto

    On 14th June 1557, in the reign of Mary I, Friar William Peto was made a cardinal and a papal legate.

    He'd done well to survive Henry VIII's reign as he'd upset the king with a controversial sermon and was attainted at one point.

    Find out more about Peto in this #TudorHistoryShorts video...

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  • 31 March – King Henry VIII as King Ahab, Anne Boleyn as Jezebel

    On this day in Tudor history, 31st March 1532, Henry VIII was left fuming after Friar William Peto likened him to King Ahab and preached against his quest for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Friar Peto also made a prophecy that some believe was fulfilled after the king’s death in 1547.

    I explain exactly what happened on this day 1532 to make Henry VIII so furious, what Peto said and what happened next.

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  • 14 February – The dog licks up the king’s blood

    In today’s “on this day in Tudor history”, I take you back to 1547 and a rather horrible event that was seen as the fulfilment of a prophecy. Friar William Peto had warned King Henry VIII that if he carried on with his behaviour then he would end up like King Ahab. Strong words!

    I then move on to a happier topic, Valentine’s Day in the Tudor period. Did the Tudors celebrate Valentine’s Day and what did they do to mark the occasion?

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