29 November – Courtier Anthony Browne dies a natural death whilst having served through 4 reigns and Cardinal Wolsey cheats the executioner

On this day in Tudor history, 29th November 1528, nobleman and courtier, Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, was born.

Montagu began his court career with the help of his father in Henry VIII’s reign. served as a privy councillor in Mary I’s reign, and died a natural death as a wealthy man in Elizabeth I’s reign. He even survived being implicated in a rebellion!

Who was Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, and just how did he manage to not only have an excellent court career, but leave a fortune to his grandson, when he was a Catholic in Elizabeth I’s reign?

Find out all about him in today’s this talk…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 29th November 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor, died at Leicester Abbey.

The cardinal cheated the executioner by dying a natural death while on his way to London to answer charges of treason.

You can find out about Cardinal Wolsey’s death, and who ended up being buried in the sarcophagus he’d had commissioned in this video…

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