15 December – The death of Thomas Parry and the burial of Cardinal Reginald Pole


On this day in Tudor history, 15th December, 1560, Comptroller of the Household to Elizabeth I and Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Thomas Parry died. The Spanish ambassador claimed that Parry had died of “sheer grief”. He was buried at Westminster Abbey.

Parry had served Elizabeth since 1547 and was a loyal servant and friend. So why did he die of grief?

Find out more about Thomas Parry, his background, life, and why he was upset in 1560, in this talk…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 15th December 1558, Cardinal Reginald Pole, Mary I’s Archbishop of Canterbury and her chief advisor, was buried at Canterbury Cathedral.

Coincidentally, Cardinal Pole had died the same day as his queen, on 17th November 1558.

Find out a bit more about Cardinal Pole, his background, death and burial, in this video…

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