Tudor History with Claire Ridgway
October 17 - Sir Philip Sidney, Tudor poet, courtier and soldier

October 17 - Sir Philip Sidney, Tudor poet, courtier and soldier

October 17, 2019
On this day in Tudor history, 17th October 1586, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the poet, courtier and soldier, Sir Philip Sidney, died as a result of an injury inflicted by the Spanish forces at the Battle of Zutphen in the Netherlands.
 
Sir Philip Sidney is known for his literary works, which include "Astrophel and Stella", which was inspired by his sweetheart, Lady Penelope Devereux, "The Arcadia” and “A Defense of Poetry.
 
Sidney was lucky to escape the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre in Paris, but was shot in the thigh at the Battle of Zupthen and died twenty-six days later.
 
You can read his work "Astrophel and Stella" at http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/sidney01.html and you can find out more about Philip Sidney in his The History of Parliament bio at https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member/sidney-philip-1554-86
 
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October 16 - Oxford Martyrs Latimer and Ridley meet their ends

October 16 - Oxford Martyrs Latimer and Ridley meet their ends

October 16, 2019
Warning: John Foxe's account is pretty horrible.
 
On this day in Tudor history, 16th October 1555, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Protestants Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake in Oxford for heresy. Along with Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, they have become known as the Oxford Martyrs.
 
In today's talk, Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History", gives an overview of Latimer and Ridley's career, and then shares an account of their burnings from John Foxe's Book of Martyrs.
 
"Every eye shed tears at the afflicting sight of these sufferers, who were among the most distinguished persons of their time in dignity, piety, and public estimation." John Foxe
 
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October 15 - Edward VI’s christening and who was there

October 15 - Edward VI’s christening and who was there

October 15, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 15th October 1537, Prince Edward ( future King Edward VI), son of King Henry VIII and his third wife, Queen Jane Seymour, was christened in a lavish ceremony in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. He was three days old.

 
 
In today's talk, Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society, shares details of Edward VI's christening, including who played prominent roles, who stood as godparents and what gifts were given to little Prince Edward. Edward's half-sisters, the future Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I were both there.
 
Claire mentioned the re-enactment of Edward VI's christening done for the documentary “Britain's Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court”. You can see that at https://youtu.be/jjoLrOH6xDQ, or just search for it here on YouTube.
 
You can find out about Edward's birth in Claire's talk from 12th October - https://youtu.be/sfHi1REWh-I 
 
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October 14 - The trial of Mary, Queen of Scots

October 14 - The trial of Mary, Queen of Scots

October 14, 2019
On this day in Tudor history, 14th October 1586, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots, began at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire.
 
Although Mary did not recognise the authority of the commission and had threatened not to attend, she had been informed that the trial would go ahead with or without her and so attended.
 
Find out all about Mary's trial, what she was charged with and the evidence that Sir Francis Walsingham had gathered in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society.
 
Mary, Queen of Scots was, of course, executed at Fotheringhay on 8th February 1587 and you can find out about her execution in Claire's talk from 8th February - https://youtu.be/sd3hP9Qb8Yk
 
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October 13 - The beginning of the end for Edward Seymour

October 13 - The beginning of the end for Edward Seymour

October 13, 2019
This day in Tudor history, 13th October 1549, was the beginning of the end for Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Edward VI's uncle, for it was on this day that the king's council abolished both his protectorate and his membership of the Council.
 
Somerset had been left vulnerable by social unrest in the kingdom and when things got tense between him and John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, and his supporters, Somerset took action, action that would see him being branded a traitor.
 
In today's talk, Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History", explains exactly what Protector Somerset did to provoke his downfall and what happened next.
 
Edward Seymour ended up being executed on 22nd January 1552 and you can find out more about his execution in Claire's talk from 22 January - https://youtu.be/yrztjxs92B0
 
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October 12 - Jane Seymour gives birth to Edward

October 12 - Jane Seymour gives birth to Edward

October 12, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 12th October 1537, the eve of the Feast of St Edward the Confessor, Queen Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a baby who would become King Edward VI.

Edward VI was born at Hampton Court Palace after a long and difficult labour. London celebrated the birth of England's new prince, but, of course, happiness would soon turn to grief as Jane died on 24th October 1537.
 
In today's talk, Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society, shares contemporary sources of Edward VI's birth and the subsequent celebrations, and also talks about the myth that Edward VI was born by caesarean (c-section). 

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October 11 - A procession and prayers for Queen Jane Seymour

October 11 - A procession and prayers for Queen Jane Seymour

October 11, 2019
On this day in Tudor history, 11th October 1537, poor Jane Seymour was in labour with her first and only child, Edward VI.
 
It was a long and difficult labour, and on 11th October, there was a solemn procession in the city of London to pray for her. After about thirty hours, Jane gave birth to a healthy baby boy, who would become King Edward VI.
 
In todat's talk, Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society, shares contemporary sources about the procession and Jane's labour.
 
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October 10 - Elizabeth I comes down with smallpox

October 10 - Elizabeth I comes down with smallpox

October 10, 2019
On this day in Tudor history, 10th October 1562, twenty-nine-year-old Queen Elizabeth I was taken ill at Hampton Court Palace, with what was thought to be a bad cold. However, Elizabeth actually had smallpox.
 
It was thought that the queen would die, so there was panic over the succession, and it was at this point that Elizabeth chose Robert Dudley as "protector of the kingdom". However, Elizabeth I survived and went on to reign until her death in March 1603.
 
Elizabeth was nursed by her good friend, Mary Sidney, who also came down with smallpox and was badly disfigured by it. Find out more in Claire's video on her - https://youtu.be/OkBlboV2G8o
 
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October 9 - Mary Tudor and Louis XII get married

October 9 - Mary Tudor and Louis XII get married

October 9, 2019
On this day in Tudor history, 9th October 1514, eighteen-year-old Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and daughter of the late Henry VII, married fifty-two year-old King Louis XII of France at Abbeville in France.
 
In today's talk, Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History", shares contemporary accounts of Mary's lavish entry into Abbeville on 8th October and the wedding on 9th October, including descriptions of Mary and her apparel.
 
Of course, Mary wasn't married to Louis for long as he died on 1st January 1515.
 
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October 8 - Lady Margaret Douglas

October 8 - Lady Margaret Douglas

October 8, 2019
On this day in Tudor history, 8th October 1515, Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox and niece of King Henry VIII, was born at Harbottle Castle in Northumberland.
 
Margaret Douglas was the daughter of Margaret Tudor, Queen Dowager of Scotland, and Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus. She was born while her mother was travelling to Henry VIII's court in London after feeling Scotland.
 
Margaret was a fascinating lady, and in today's talk, Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History", shares an extract from her book, giving an overview of this Tudor lady's life.
 
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