April 14 – A magician, a man who cheated the executioner, and the insane husband of Mary, Queen of Scots

Posted By on April 14, 2022

It’s a busy date in Tudor history today!

On this day in Tudor history, 14th April 1565, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, astrologer, astronomer, mathematician and magician, Edward Gresham, was born in Stainsford, Yorkshire.

Gresham is known for his treatise “Astrostereon” and his almanacs, but what’s really interesting is his connection to a countess’s annulment and a poisoning.

Find out more about Edward Gresham..

On this day in 1556, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Sir Anthony Kingston, died at Cirencester. He was on his way to London to face charges that had been laid against him, and it’s likely that he would have been executed.

Why? What had he done?

And, finally, on this day in 1578, Mary, Queen of Scots’ third husband, James Hepburn, Duke of Orkney and 4th Earl of Bothwell, died at Dragsholm Castle in Denmark. He’d been held at the castle in appalling conditions and it was said that he’d gone insane.

Find out more about the life of this earl who’d risen to be the husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, but who’d died in prison, far away from home…

1 thought on “April 14 – A magician, a man who cheated the executioner, and the insane husband of Mary, Queen of Scots”

  1. Dorothy Willis says:

    I have always wonder why these magicians and astrologers and so on were high-ranking advisors to the court while witches were hauled into court and executed. What made the difference? Money? Connections? Sex?

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