27 January – The fate of the Gunpowder Plotters and the death of Sir Francis Drake

| January 27, 2022

27 January – The fate of the Gunpowder Plotters and the death of Sir Francis Drake

On this day in history, 27th January 1606, in the reign of King James I, the eight surviving conspirators of the November 1605 Gunpowder Plot were tried at Westminster for high treason. Why am I talking about something that happened during the reign of King James I, in the Stuart period? Well, because the Gunpowder […]

13 December – A lawyer thrown into prison for refusing to do a favour and Sir Francis Drake sets off on his circumnavigation of the Globe

| December 13, 2021

13 December – A lawyer thrown into prison for refusing to do a favour and Sir Francis Drake sets off on his circumnavigation of the Globe

On this day in Tudor history, 13th December 1558, civil lawyer and dean of Chester William Clyffe died. Clyffe was one of the authors of the 1537 “Bishops’ Book”, and he was consulted by convocation during Henry VIII’s Great Matter. He was thrown into prison for a time for refusing to do a favour for […]