April 16 – Drinkable gold, Guy Fawkes and the Mary Rose

Apr16,2022 #Mary Rose

What a combination I have for you today – drinkable gold, Guy Fawkes and the Mary Rose! Yes, you read that correctly!

On this day in Tudor history, 16th April 1550, alchemist, apothecary and physician Francis Anthony was born, probably in London. He had a rather eventful life, being imprisoned on several occasions, and he made his fortune from his invention aurum potabile, drinkable gold, which he claimed had amazing curative powers.

Find out more about Francis Anthony and why he ended up in prison…

On this day in 1570, Gunpowder Plot conspirator Guy Fawkes was baptised in York.

In this video, I talk about how the Gunpowder Plot has its origins in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and why these men were driven to try and blow up Westminster…

And on this day in 1512, in the reign of King Henry VIII, a ship that would become the king’s favourite flagship began her first tour of duty.

Find out more about The Mary Rose’s career in this video…

Here are links to more detailed videos on The Mary Rose:

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