13 February – Bess of Hardwick and the Executions of Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford

On this day in history, 13th February 1608, prominent Tudor noblewoman and one of the richest people in England, Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, more commonly known as Bess of Hardwick, died at her home at Hardwick.

Bess of Hardwick is known for her building projects, which included Chatsworth and Hardwick Hall, her beautiful needlework and the fact that she and Shrewsbury were guardians of the captive Mary, Queen of Scots.

Find out more about this fascinating Tudor lady in this talk…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 13th February 1542, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard, and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, were executed.

Find out more in this video…

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