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24 August 1572 – St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

| August 24, 2011

Today is the anniversary of a rather bloody day in history, the 1572 St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre which saw an estimated 3,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) massacred in Paris and a further 7,000 outside of the city in the provinces. Interesting fact: Sir Francis Walsingham was in Paris at the time of the massacre, serving as […]

22 August 1553 – Execution of John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and Duke of Northumberland

| August 22, 2011

On this day in history, 22nd August 1553, John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and Duke of Northumberland, was executed on Tower Hill for his part in putting his daughter-in-law, Lady Jane Grey, on the throne in place of Mary I. In his excellent book on the Dudley family, “The Uncrowned Kings of England: The Black […]

4 August 1598 – Death of William Cecil, Lord Burghley

| August 4, 2011

On this day in history, the 4th August 1598, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, died at his home in London aged 76. He was laid to rest at St Martin’s Church, Stamford, in his home county of Lincolnshire. You can read more about William Cecil, Elizabeth I’s right hand man, in the following articles:- William […]