April 6 – A queen’s spymaster and a serial secret husband

Posted By on April 6, 2022

On this day in Tudor history, 6th April 1621, in the Stuart period, Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford, died at around the age of 81.

The Earl of Hertford is known for his secret marriage to Lady Katherine Grey, sister of Lady Jane Grey, and their conjugal visits in the Tower of London, but Hertford had a thing for secret marriages, and his son and grandson followed in his footsteps!

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Also on this day in 1590, Sir Francis Walsingham died. He had served Queen Elizabeth I as a diplomat, secretary, adviser and spymaster, and Elizabeth affectionately called him her “moor”.

Find out more about him in this video:

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