28 November -An agent carrying gold for Mary, Queen of Scots drowned and Edward Plantagenet was beheaded

On this day in Tudor history, 28th November 1565, member of Parliament and political agent Francis Yaxley set sail for Scotland from Antwerp.

Sadly, Yaxley’s ship was wrecked in a storm and he never reached Scotland, and neither did the gold he was carrying to Mary, Queen of Scots.

But why was he carrying gold and who was it from? What happened to the gold?

Find out all about Yaxley, how he came to be travelling from Antwerp to Scotland, and what happened to him and the gold, in this talk…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 28th November 1499, Edward Plantagenet, styled Earl of Warwick, was executed by beheading on Tower Hill.

Warwick was a potential claimant to the throne being the son of George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Kings Edward IV and Richard III, but it was his involvement in a plot by pretender Perkin Warbeck that was his final undoing.

Find out more about his short and sad life, much of it spent in prison, in this video…

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