25 February – Elizabeth I is excommunicated and The execution of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

Posted By on February 25, 2022

On this day in Tudor history, 25th February 1570, Pope Pius V issued the papal bull “Regnans in Excelsis”. This bull not only excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I, it also freed her Catholic subjects from their allegiance to her and called on the English people to disobey her orders, mandates and laws. It threatened excommunication for those who did obey her.

It put Elizabeth I in danger and it put Catholics in an impossible situation.

Find out more about the bull and its impact in this talk…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 25th February 1601, Elizabeth I’s former favourite, Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex was executed by beheading.

Find out more in this video…

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