Francis Bacon

| January 22, 2012

Wyatt’s Rebellion 1554

| January 22, 2012

On 22nd January 1554, Thomas Wyatt the Younger met with fellow conspirators at his home of Allington Castle in Kent to make final plans for their uprising against Mary I and her decision to marry Philip of Spain. As Ian W Archer explains in his article about Thomas Wyatt, “The anomalous position of a king […]

22 January 1552 – Execution of Edward Seymour

| January 22, 2012

Between 8 o’clock and 9 o’clock on the morning of the 22nd January 1552, former Lord Protector of England, Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, was executed by beheading on Tower Hill in London. The famous Tudor chronicler Charles Wriothesley recorded his execution:- “Fryday, the 22 of January 1552, Edward Seimer, Duke of Somersett, was beheaded […]

20 January 1569 – Death of Miles Coverdale, Bible Translator

| January 20, 2012

On this day in history, 20th January 1569, the famous Bible translator and Bishop of Exeter Miles Coverdale died after preaching a sermon at St Magnus the Martyr. He was not meant to be preaching that day but there was no preacher for that church service. David Daniell, in his article on Coverdale, quotes from […]

The Tale of Agnes Bowker’s Cat

| January 16, 2012

In researching my Friday 13th article on superstitions for The Anne Boleyn Files, I came across the tale of Agnes Bowker who went in to labour on the night of the 16th January 1569 and gave birth to a cat on the 17th. In his book, “Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England: Tales […]

16 January 1549 – Thomas Seymour, the Young King and the Spaniel

| January 16, 2012

On this day in history, 16th January 1549, Edward VI’s uncle, Thomas Seymour, was alleged to have broken into the King’s apartments at Hampton Court Palace to kidnap the young King. As he entered the royal residence, it is said that he disturbed the King’s beloved spaniel who started barking at him. In panic, Seymour […]

15th January 1559 – The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth I

| January 15, 2012

On the 15th January 1559, a day chosen by her astrologer Dr John Dee, a triumphant Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, processed from Westminster Hall into Westminster Abbey to be crowned queen. She was just 25 years old and was the third child of Henry VIII to become monarch and was […]

The Loss of Calais – 7th January 1558

| January 7, 2012

On this day in history, at 6am on the 7th January 1558, Thomas Wentworth, the Lord Deputy of Calais, was forced to surrender Calais to François de Lorraine-Guise, 2nd Duke of Guise, after a siege of seven days. Barry Denton, in his article on Thomas Wentworth, writes of how “The causes of the fall of […]

6 January 1562 – Shane O’Neill is Received at Court by Elizabeth I

| January 6, 2012

On this day in history, 6th January 1562, Shane O’Neill (Irish name Seán Ó Néill), King of the Ulster O’Neill clan in Ireland, was received in the English court by Queen Elizabeth I:- “John Onell the Frenshman who had don much myschief the sommer past in Ireland cometh by save condytt into England and was […]

Glamour in Austerity

| January 3, 2012

Thank you so much to Evangelia Palios on Twitter for telling me about Lisa Jardine’s radio programme “Glamour in Austerity” which follows on from the article I mentioned in my last post Elizabeth I’s Use of Dress as a Political Tool. You can listen to the programme via BBC iPlayer at and the blurb […]