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 […]

7th January 1558 – England Loses Calais

| January 7, 2011

On the 7th June 1557 Mary I’s heralds proclaimed that England was at war with France. The catalyst for this declaration of war was an attempt in April 1557 by Sir Thomas Stafford and a hundred French and English rebels to depose Mary who Stafford believed had forfeited her right to the throne by marrying […]