Tudor History with Claire Ridgway
April 4 - William Strachey and Shakespeare’s The Tempest

April 4 - William Strachey and Shakespeare’s The Tempest

April 4, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 4th April 1572, William Strachey, writer and historian of Virginia, was born in Saffron Walden in Essex, England.

Strachey's account of the 1609 shipwreck of the Sea Venture in a hurricane was used as a source for William Shakespeare's "The Tempest".

 
Find out more about Strachey, how he was marooned for a year, and why he died in poverty, in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society.
 
Here's a link to find out more about Strachey's signet ring - https://historicjamestowne.org/selected-artifacts/stracheys-ring-2/

Also on this day in Tudor history, 4th April 1589, Mildred Cecil, Lady Burghley, wife of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and an accomplished and influential woman in her own right, died. You can find out more about her in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/Jaap4Mj2Jbg

April 3 - Peace between Elizabeth I, France and the Empire

April 3 - Peace between Elizabeth I, France and the Empire

April 3, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 3rd April 1559, the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis was signed between King Henry II of France and King Philip II of Spain. The previous day, 2nd April 1559, it had been signed between Elizabeth I and Henry II.
 
The treaty, or rather treaties, brought the Italian Wars to an end. But what were these wars? How was England involved? And what were the terms of the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis? Find out more in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, author of several Tudor history books.
 
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You can find Claire at:
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April 2 - The death of Prince Arthur

April 2 - The death of Prince Arthur

April 2, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 2nd April 1502, Arthur, Prince of Wales, son and heir of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, died at Ludlow Castle. He was just fifteen years old, and had only been married to the Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon for four and a half months.
 
In today's talk, Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History", discusses his death and the theories regarding Arthur's cause of death, which include sweating sickness, consumption, testicular cancer and Atypical Cystic Fibrosis.
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/eEanoR-aHRs
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 2nd April 1552, King Edward VI fell ill with measles and smallpox. Find out more in last year's video - https://youtu.be/165sCxJn3KQ
April 1 - William Harvey, his experiments and blood circulation

April 1 - William Harvey, his experiments and blood circulation

April 1, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 1st April 1578, English physician William Harvey, was born in Folkestone, Kent. Harvey has gone down in history as being the man who discovered the circulation of blood, and he was also physician extraordinary to King James I and King Charles I.
 
How did Harvey work out that the heart pumped the blood around the body and how was his challenge of Galen's work received?
 
Find out more about William Harvey's work, and also his role in the pardoning of women accused of witchcraft, in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society.
 
Harvey’s work “On the motion of the heart and blood in animals” can be found at https://archive.org/details/onmotionheartan00harvgoog/page/n7/mode/2up 
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/xxMha0DQle4
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 1st April 1536, imperial ambassador Eustace Chapuys recorded King Henry VIII courting a woman who wasn’t his wife, the woman was Jane Seymour. Find out more in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/MORzUuPS8ec 
March 31 - John Donne, the bell tolls for thee

March 31 - John Donne, the bell tolls for thee

March 31, 2020
On this day in history, 31st March 1631, the Tudor and Stuart metaphysical poet, satirist, lawyer and clergyman John Donne died.
 
Donne had an amazing career, going on voyages, serving as a royal chaplain and diplomat, and writing sermons, songs, satires and poetry, including an erotic poem, "The Flea".
 
Find out more about John Donne and hear some of his work in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History".
 
Read more about John Donne and his work on the Poetry Foundation website - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/john-donne 
 
Mediation 17 can be read at http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/donne/meditation17.php 
 
 

Also on this day in Tudor history, 31st March 1532, Henry VIII was left fuming after Friar William Peto likened him to King Ahab and Anne Boleyn to Queen Jezebel, and preached against his quest for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Find out more in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/fm1xJmzIyIA

March 30 - Thomas Cranmer and his protestation

March 30 - Thomas Cranmer and his protestation

March 30, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 30th March 1533, at the Passion Sunday service, Thomas Cranmer, Archdeacon of Taunton, was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury.
 
His consecration was not like those of others before him, however, because as well as making the usual oath promising to be faithful to the papacy and to denounce heretics, he also made a protestation to show that his oath would not conflict with his loyalty to King Henry VIII and his commitment to reforming the church. Hmmmm.... complicated.
 
Find out more in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society.
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/P78Iz-2dLVA
 
Other videos on Thomas Cranmer:
 
July 2 - 13 things you probably didn't know about Thomas Cranmer - https://youtu.be/hsz09DoX9oU
September 12 - Thomas Cranmer is in big trouble! - https://youtu.be/GaDQduKl0nA
December 4 - The beginning of the end for Thomas Cranmer - https://youtu.be/KRuycWXw1Jo
March 21 - This unworthy right hand - The end of Thomas Cranmer - https://youtu.be/7P-aGWg92qk 
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 30th March 1558, Queen Mary I wrote her will. She did it because she believed that she was just about to give birth, and, obviously, childbirth was a risky process. Find out more about her will, and what happened with this “pregnancy”, in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/LWrcLR61Kbo 
March 29 - Children encourage John Laurence at his sad end

March 29 - Children encourage John Laurence at his sad end

March 29, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 29th March 1555, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Protestant and former Dominican priest, John Laurence, was burned at the stake for heresy in Colchester.
 
At his burning, young children encouraged him with their prayers.
 
Find out more about his John Laurence's sad end in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History". 
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/ToYVgj9hQqI
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 29th March 1551, Mary Dudley, eldest daughter of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, married Henry Sidney. Find out more about them, and also how Mary suffered so terribly with smallpox after nursing Queen Elizabeth I, in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/OkBlboV2G8o 
 
You can find Claire at:
https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynfiles/
March 28 - The amazing Raphael

March 28 - The amazing Raphael

March 28, 2020
This day in history, 28th March 1483, is one of the dates out forward as the birthdate of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, or Raphael as he is known, the Italian Renaissance artist and architect. 
 
Did you know that Henry VII owned a piece of art by Raphael and that Henry VIII admired his work?
 
Find out a bit more about Raphael and see some of his beautiful works of art in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History".
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/S7eQEQttjWs
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, John Skip, Bishop of Hereford, and a man who’d served Anne Boleyn as her chaplain and almoner, died. Find out more about his time serving Queen Anne Boleyn and a controversial sermon he preached in 1536, in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/yk_TxLMtiPM 
March 27 - Arrangements are made for Prince Arthur to marry Catherine of Aragon

March 27 - Arrangements are made for Prince Arthur to marry Catherine of Aragon

March 27, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 27th March 1489, the Treaty of Medina del Campo was signed between England and Spain. One part of it was the arrangement of the marriage between Arthur, Prince of Wales, and Catherine (or Catalina) of Aragon. It was signed by Spain on this day and ratified in 1490 by Henry VII.
 
Find out more about this treaty and the betrothal and marriages (yes, plural!) of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, and Catherine of Aragon in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society.
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/ivJa_K_8dh0
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 27th March 1555, nineteen-year-old apprentice William Hunter was burned at the stake for heresy after being caught reading a Bible in church. Yep! Find out more in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/nItFisCuqFU 
 
You can find Claire at:
https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynfiles/
March 26 - Robert Carey and his eventful ride to King James

March 26 - Robert Carey and his eventful ride to King James

March 26, 2020
On this day in history, late on 26th March 1603, two days after the death of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Robert Carey arrived at Holyrood in Edinburgh, Scotland, to inform King James VI that Queen Elizabeth I was dead and that James was now king. 
 
It took Carey just two days to get from London to Scotland, and he had an accident on the way, but it was all worth it. Find out about his journey and what happened in today's "on this day in Tudor history" talk from Claire Ridgway, author of several Tudor history books.
 
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/dTyL66lKqMo
Also on this day in Tudor history, 26th March 1609, John Dee, astrologer, mathematician, alchemist, spy, philosopher, geographer and adviser to Elizabeth I, died. Find out more about this fascinating man in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/A5hy__pKZuQ 
 
You can find Claire at:
https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynfiles/