May 27 – England celebrates Queen Jane Seymour’s pregnancy

On this day in Tudor history, 27th May 1537, just under a year after Henry VIII had married Jane Seymour, news spread that the queen had felt her unborn baby move for the first time.

The good news sparked off celebrations in London, Calais, Oxford and York.

But how did the people celebrate?

In this video, I share what the contemporary sources say about this day and how the news was celebrated…

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Also on this day in Tudor history, 27th May 1541, the frail sixty-seven-year-old Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, was executed at the Tower of London.

The former governess of Princess Mary had an awful end because the usual executioner was away from London, and one account has led to stories of her tormented ghost reliving her final moments at the Tower.

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