12 November – The death of Stephen Gardiner and Queen Jane Seymour’s remains are moved to Windsor

On this day in Tudor history, 12th November 1555, Mary I’s Lord Chancellor, Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, died. He was laid to rest at Winchester Cathedral in what is now known as the Bishop Gardiner Chantry Chapel.

In this talk, I tell you about the life and career of “Wily Winchester”, a man who went from being a valued advisor to being imprisoned, and then got back into favour, crowned a queen and became Lord Chancellor! He led quite a life!

Also on this day in Tudor history, 12th November 1537, the corpse of Queen Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife, was transported by chariot in a procession from Hampton Court Palace to Windsor Castle, in preparation for burial.

Jane Seymour’s heart and entrails had been buried in the chapel at Hampton Court Palace following her death on 24th October 1537. Queen Jane’s stepdaughter, the Lady Mary, acted as chief mourner for the proceedings.

In this video, I give details of the procession, the service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where Jane was buried, and the commemoration in the city of London.

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