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This week in Tudor History – 11 – 17 January – Part 2

This second part of this week's "This week in Tudor History" covers events that took place in the Tudor period on 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th January. Find out all about these Tudor events...

14th January 1515 - On this day in the reign of King Henry VIII, following the death of King Louis XII of France, King Henry VIII sent his best friend, Charles, Duke of Suffolk, to fetch Louis' widow and bring her back to England. The widow was, of course, Henry VIII's younger and favourite sister, Mary Tudor. This mission ended up in a secret marriage though! See for more on Suffolk and Mary's secret marriage.

15th January 1555 - On this day in the reign of Queen Mary I, Jane Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland, died at Chelsea. Jane was the widow of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, mother-in-law of Lady Jane Grey or Queen Jane, and mother of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.

16th January 1501 - On this day in the reign of King Henry VII, courtier Sir Anthony Denny was born at Cheshunt. Denny became a close confidant of King Henry VIII, serving him as groom of the stool and being chosen as the one to tell the king he was dying in 1547, and he also helped Catherine Parr in 1548 when she needed help to protect her marriage and the reputation of her stepdaughter, Princess Elizabeth.

17th January 1587 - On this day in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, clockmaker Bartholomew Newsam (Newsum, Newsham) died. This famous craftsman also made sundials and scientific instruments, and appears to have been employed by Elizabeth I. Here are links to see some examples of his craftsmanship:!?q=Bartholomew%20Newsam&perPage=20&sortBy=Relevance&offset=0&pageSize=0

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