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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: 22 Aug
The Battle of Bosworth   -  August 22nd 1485  -     "A horse, a horse, my Kingdom for a horse.” These famous words from Shakespeare’s Richard III speak of the frustration of the King, Richard, as he saw his crown and life slipping away from him. This pivotal battle in the Wars of the Roses, in effect, ended the medieval period and ushered in one...
tags:
  • 15th Century
  • Battles
  • Kings & Queens
  • Medieval
  • This week in history
  • Tudor
date: 29 Jun
The Original Globe Theatre Burns Down   -   29th June 1613   In 1597 a certain Mr Allen failed to renew the lease on the land on which the theatre owned by Richard Burbage, the leading actor in a company named ‘The Lord Chamberlain’s Men’, was built. A clause in the lease stated that anything built on the land belonged to Burbage and so when Allen...
tags:
  • 17th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • This week in history
  • Tudor
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