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date: 09 Sep
Coronation of Mary, Queen of Scots     -  September 9th 1543  -     We often think that today’s politics is a shady and underhand business, with self-interest at its heart. Tudor/Stuart England was far worse. The story of Mary starts as far back as Henry VII. To build up alliances Henry Tudor (VII) used marriages very successfully. He united his...
tags:
  • 16th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
  • Tudor
date: 16 Aug
The Battle of the Spurs   -  16th August 1513  -     This particular foray of Henry VIII’s was one in a long line of adventures on the Continent. At a time when we are talking Brexit, Henry seemed very keen on Europe. This was four years into his Kingship and he was quick to establish alliances and look to spread his influence across the English...
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  • 16th Century
  • Battles
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
date: 05 Sep
The Unveiling of Michelangelo’s David    - 8th September 1504 -    The Italian Renaissance painter and architect Giorgio Vasari said that once you had seen Michelangelo’s David there was no point in ever seeing another sculpture – such was its perfection. Standing at nearly seventeen feet tall and weighing in at 12,473 pounds, the statue, carved...
tags:
  • 16th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Classical Art
  • Sculpture
  • This week in history
date: 30 May
The Death of Christopher Marlowe  -  30th May 1593   Much has been written about the life and career of Christopher Marlowe. For a man who has a stained glass window in honour of him in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, there is as much written about his non-writing career as there is about his plays and poems. So many questions remain – some...
tags:
  • 16th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • This week in history
  • Tudor
date: 21 Mar
The Execution of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer  -   March 21st 1556.     The first half of the sixteenth century saw a massive upheaval in the Church with the spread of Protestantism – the ideals of the German cleric Martin Luther. Nowhere was this more keenly seen than in England where successive monarchs swayed the country one way then another....
tags:
  • 16th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • Religion
  • Tudor