29 October – Henry VIII’s farewell to Francis I of France and the execution of Sir Walter Ralegh

Posted By on October 29, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 29th October 1532, King Henry VIII bid farewell to his “loving brother”, his French counterpart, King Francis I.

The two kings had enjoyed each other’s company at Calais and Boulogne, and Henry VIII was pleased with their meetings. In fact, things had gone so well that Henry VIII decided to marry Anne Boleyn!

Find out more about their farewell, and what had happened during the trip, in this talk…

Also on this day in history, 29th October 1618, in the reign of King James I, Elizabethan courtier, explorer, author and soldier, Sir Walter Ralegh was executed in the Old Palace Yard at Westminster Palace. He’d led an eventful life.

He’d been a favourite of Elizabeth I, he’d been imprisoned in the Tower of London on several occasions, he’d been accused of atheism at one point, had sailed to America and tried to establish a colony, he was knighted for his service in Ireland, and he was a poet too!

Find out all about Sir Walter Ralegh’s colourful life in this video…

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