March 16 – Richard Burbage, actor and friend of Shakespeare and The martyrdom of two Catholic priests in York

On this day in history, 16th March 1619, actor Richard Burbage was buried at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch.

Burbage was a famous actor in the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I, performing for royalty and even being in King James’ company of players.

Burbage was also a good friend of William Shakespeare, and the two men were involved in the building of the famous Globe Theatre.

Find out more about Richard Burbage, his life and career, in this talk…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 16th March 1589, two Roman Catholic priests, Robert Dalby and John Amias, were executed as traitors at York.

Find out more in this video…

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