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The Tudor Minute

With the Tudor Minute you get daily bites of live from 16th century England. Created by the Renaissance English History Podcast, one of the longest running indie history podcasts, these bite size snippets provide a quick dose of Tudor any time of the day.

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Tudor Minute December 19: The beginning of Jamestown

Today in 1606, just three years after Elizabeth’s death, three ships left England.They were called the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery, and they were carrying the settlers who would found Jamestown, the first English colony in America.

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19 Dec 2019

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Tudor Minute December 11: Katherine Mourns her Loves

Today in 1541 London was reeling from the executions of Thomas Culpepper and Francis Dereham, that happened yesterday. Dereham had been arrested after Thomas Cranmer let Henry know that his fifth wife, Katherine Howard, was no virginal maid, and in fact had been with Dereham before she was married.

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11 Dec 2019

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Tudor Minute February 12: Lady Jane Grey executed

Today in 1554 Lady Jane Grey and her husband Guilford Dudley, were executed at the Tower of London.

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12 Feb 2020

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Tudor Minute February 20: Edward VI is crowned

Today in 1547 Henry VIII’s son Edward was crowned Edward VI. He was only nine years old.

20 Feb 2020

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Tudor Minute December 4: Cranmer Sentenced

Today in 1555 the Pope in Rome handed down a sentence on the Protestant Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, saying that he was stripped of his archbishopric, and all of his ecclesiastical dignities. The pope also gave permission for the secular authorities to decide his fate.

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4 Dec 2019

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Tudor Minute February 13: A pair of executions

Today in 1542 Katherine Howard and Jane Rochford were executed at the Tower of London.

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13 Feb 2020

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Tudor Minute February 13: A pair of executions

Today in 1542 Katherine Howard and Jane Rochford were executed at the Tower of London.

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13 Feb 2020

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Tudor Minute December 13: Bon Voyage Francis Drake

Today in 1577 Francis Drake left for his voyage around the world. He would go on to successfully circumnavigate the globe, the first English explorer to do so, on a journey that took 1020 days.

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13 Dec 2019

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Tudor Minute December 6: St Nicholas Day

Today is St. Nicholas Day, a day devoted to children in the Tudor period. During the feast of St. Nicholas, a boy from the choir would be chosen as the Boy Bishop, a tradition that dated from the Anglo Saxon period.

6 Dec 2019

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Tudor Minute May 22 RIP John Forrest

Today in 1538 John Forrest, a Franciscan friar, was executed for daring to denounce moves to make the king head of the Church.

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22 May 2020

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Tudor Minute May 8: Elizabeth signs the Act of Uniformity

Today in 1559 Elizabeth I signed the Act of Uniformity. This was part of the Elizabethan religious settlement and compromise which left no one fully happy - a sign of a good compromise if there ever was one.

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8 May 2020

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Tudor Minute May 1: Evil May Day Riots

Today in 1517 we saw the Evil May Day Riots. Two weeks previously a Dr Bell preached a sermon against immigrants who were coming to England to take the jobs of native born Englishmen, and encouraged people to attack foreigners.

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1 May 2020

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Tudor Minute February 21: Robert Southwell is Executed

Today in 1595 Robert Southwell was executed. He was a Jesuit priest who had been arrested three years earlier, had been tortured, and finally executed today. Though his family had always had Catholic leanings, they profited from the Suppression of the Monasteries

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21 Feb 2020

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Tudor Minute October 17: Sir Philip Sidney dies

Sir Philip Sidney died in 1586. Sir Philip was born in 1554 in Kent, and he is remembered for his poetry, but also as a national hero for defending the Protestants in the Low Countries, and dying in battle.

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17 Oct 2019

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Tudor Minute October 14: Mary Queen of Scots goes on trial

Today in 1486 the trial of Mary Queen of Scots began. At first she had refused to take part in any trial saying that it didn’t apply to her because she was the Queen of Scotland and the laws of England weren’t applicable. But she was told by Cecil that it would take place with or without her, and so she showed up in a black velvet gown.

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14 Oct 2019

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Tudor Minute October 12: Happy Birthday Edward

Today in 1537 Henry VIII finally got his longed-for son when Edward was born to Jane Seymour. He was born inside his mother’s room in Hampton Court. Throughout the realm, the people greeted the birth of a male heir, "whom we hungered for so long", with joy and relief. Te Deums were sung in churches, bonfires lit, and "their was shott at the Tower that night above two thousand gonnes".

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12 Oct 2019

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Tudor Minute October 5: RIP Edward Wotton

Today in 1555 Edward Wotten died. He was an English doctor who was born in Oxford, and he is remembered for starting the modern study of zoology. He separated out much of the fanciful and folkloric additions that had been added over time to the body of zoological knowledge.

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5 Oct 2019

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Tudor Minute September 4: Robert Dudley Dies

Today in 1588 Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, died.

4 Sep 2019

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Tudor Minute July 10: William of Orange is assassinated

On today's #tudorminute - William of Orange ia assassinated

1min

10 Jul 2019

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Tudor Minute July 6: Sir Thomas More executed

Today in 1535 Thomas More was executed. Learn more in today's Tudor Minute.

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6 Jul 2019

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