April 27 – Can Henry VIII discard Anne Boleyn?, A Tudor and Stuart adventurer, and a lawyer and judge

On this day in 1536, writs were issued summoning Parliament, and, according to Eustace Chapuys, a bishop was consulted regarding whether Henry VIII could abandon his second wife, Anne Boleyn.

What was going on?

And on this day in 1609, in the reign of James I, Sir Edward Michelborne, member of Parliament, soldier and adventurer, died.

This Tudor and Stuart man had survived an unsuccessful naval campaign against the Spanish, being implicated in a rebellion, and an attack by pirates, to die a natural death at his home in Hackney.

Find out more about Sir Edward Michelborne…

And on this day in 1584, civil lawyer and judge, David Lewis, died in London.

You’ve probably never heard of David ap Lewis, but he was an important judge, being involved in the maritime legal cases of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign. Here are some David Lewis facts…

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