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This week in Tudor History January 4 – 10

In this new series for 2021, I'm looking at Tudor events a week at a time. This talk covers events from the Tudor period which took place on January 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th.

The burial of Roger Ascham, scholar, author and royal tutor, took place on 4th January 1569, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. You can find out more in my previous video on Ascham, which I'll share below.

The christening of Henry, Duke of Cornwall, son of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, at Richmond on 5th January 1511. I give details of his christening and the celebrations for the birth of this prince, which included a tournament and a pageant which got out of control!

The birth of Jane Dormer, Duchess of Feria, on 6th January 1538, in the reign of King Henry VIII. Claire gives an overview of the life of this Tudor lady who served Queen Mary I and became a supporter and protector of English exiles and Jesuits, as well as a woman who interceded with Philip of Spain on behalf of English Catholics and against Queen Elizabeth I.

The burial of famous Elizabethan goldsmith and miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard on 7th January 1619 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

The death of magnate and soldier Henry Clifford, 2nd Earl of Cumberland, on 8th January 1570 in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Claire gives an overview of Clifford, including his service to Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and Henry VIII, his brush with the 1553 succession crisis, his grief over his wife's death and the rather interesting way he was revived from a serious illness, and how he managed to avoid getting involved in a rebellion against Queen Elizabeth I.

The death of schoolmaster and map engraver Clement Adams on 9th January 1587, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

The death of religious writer, Puritan and clergyman, Arthur Dent, on 10th January 1603, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Claire talks about his death and his works, which influenced writers like John Bunyan, and whether he inspired Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Dent's "The Plaine-Man's Path to Heaven" can be read online at

Video on Roger Ascham:

Here are my past "on this day in Tudor history" videos for this week:

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  1. R

    Hi Claire,
    Thanks for the posting of so many wonderful and welcoming events in history.

    What do you think of the furore on Twitter about this interesting but controversial “discovery” of a new painting of Anne Boleyn?
    The historian Graeme Cameron does have a website but his work is mostly on weird stuff about Leonardo de Vinci. I was interested in the articles but then he just shut down when I asked for a link.

    I don’t believe it’s actually Anne but was interested in the research in any event. Then when historians who are experts asked him about his work he becomes evasive and yes academic protocols do prevent him making certain things public, but he broke those by claiming it was off Anne Boleyn in the first place. He can still answer generic questions on sources. He can still put up the full portrait but not give full details before publication. He becomes very difficult if asked anything and blocked everyone asking. I was soon part.of a very prestigious list of blocked historians or curious people.

    I am sure it’s an important find but really why block people who ask seriously important questions?

    I was just wondering what you thought, Clare, as you have done articles on Anne Boleyn portraits in the past.
    Stay safe and well and have a great 2021.

    1. C - Post Author

      I got blocked after pointing out some inconsistencies and asking for more information. He keeps changing his mind. Last month, he was saying that the anamorphic image was Sir Walter Raleigh, which is amazing in a 1536 portrait when Raleigh wasn’t even alive. Also, he dismissed the 1534 medal as not a good likeness, then changed his mind when he could overlay the face of his portrait over it! Bendor Grosvenor called him out a few years ago over his inaccuracies and now people are doing the same with this theory. Anyone who challenges him at all, he blocks, which is not the behaviour of someone who believes in their theory and can argue it, or the behaviour of a professional.

      I don’t give any credence to his theory at all, the costume is so off.

      1. R

        Yes and his claims about the jewellery are being compared to an eighteenth century print which he claims is some famous pearls Anne wore.
        I don’t know about that. It looks like the necklace I got on holiday years ago and just imagined. We are on a very prestigious blocked list. The more I read the weirder he sounds. Thanks for your thoughts. I didn’t realise he had that bad a track record. His analysis of Leonardo de Vinci is more Dan Brown.

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This week in Tudor History January 4 – 10