Above painting: Louis Jean Francois - Mars and Venus an Allegory of Peace
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

This Week in History 9/21 - 9/27

Time for your weekly history lesson!
What happened this week in Tudor history?

September 21, 1561: Lady Katherine Grey gives birth to her son Edward Seymour while imprisoned in the Tower of London. (And if you want to read more about that, check out my novel, Prisoner of the Queen!)

September 22, 1515: Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII's 4th wife, is born. Dubbed the "Flanders Mare" at Henry's court (by Henry himself), he divorced her very shortly after they were married. They remained friends the rest of his life, and he set her up with a house and a comfortable settlement.

September 23, 1513: Tournai fell to Henry VIII during is campaign in France. (Battle of Spurs)

September 24, 1486: Arthur, Princes of Wales, son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, is christened.

September 25, 1586: Mary Stuart, aka Mary Queen of Scots, is brought to Fotheringhay Castle, after being arrested the previous month by her cousin Elizabeth I for plotting her assassination.

September 26, 1580: Frances Drake, under orders from Elizabeth I, completes his circumnavigation of the world, sailing aboard his ship the Golden Hind. He returns to England, landing in Plymouth, in triumph.

September 27, 1501: Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife, who he set aside in order to marry Anne Boleyn, arrived in England to marry her first husband--Henry's older brother, Arthur, Prince of Wales

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