On this day in Tudor history, 10th August 1512, the English fleet’s flagship, the Mary Rose, saw battle for the first time in the Battle of Saint-Mathieu, a naval battle in the War of the League of Cambrai.
The battle was fought between the English fleet and the Franco-Breton fleet just off the coast of Brest.
1,500 to 1,600 men were lost that day, but how? What happened? And who was victorious?
The season finale of Becoming Elizabeth sees us fast-forwarding two months from the end of the last episode, where we saw Edward coughing up blood. The king appears to be dying, there’s a power struggle between Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, the former Lord Protector, and his successor, John Dudley, but also between Edward’s half-sisters, […]
On this day in Tudor history, 9th August 1588, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, addressed the troops gathered at Tilbury Fort on the River Thames. These troops were at the fort to protect London from a Spanish invasion, one that never came in the end. This […]
On this day in Tudor history, 6th August 1514, King Henry VIII’s sister, Margaret Tudor, widow of King James IV and Regent of Scotland, married secretly. Margaret’s secret second marriage was to Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus, the most important Scottish magnate. The couple married at Kinnoull in Perthshire. When news got out, it […]
As you know, I’ve been rather disappointed in the Starz series, “Becoming Elizabeth”, as I don’t feel it’s really shown what shaped Elizabeth in her youth, what made her the woman and queen she became. It’s made me determined to ensure that my online event “Elizabeth I: The Life of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen” does […]
On this day in Tudor history, 5th August 1549, during the reign of King Edward VI, son of King Henry VIII, the Battle of Clyst St Mary took place near Exeter, in Devon. This battle, which saw the Crown forces victorious, was part of the Prayer Book Rebellion, a rebellion against the religious measures of […]
On this day in Tudor history, 4th August 1540, in the reign of King Henry VIII, thirteen men were executed in London. Twelve of them suffered a full traitor’s death, being hanged, drawn and quartered, and one was hanged. Find out who these men were and why they were attainted by Parliament and put to […]