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An Elizabethan who committed treason would ultimately be "quartered", or cut into four sections for public display

An Elizabethan who committed treason would ultimately be "quartered", or cut into four sections for public display

anne boleyn before her execution... She paid for a special executioner  from France, an expert swordsman.

anne boleyn before her execution... She paid for a special executioner from France, an expert swordsman.

King Henry VIII's Proclamation Banning Boy Bishops - Whereas here- tofore dyvers and many superstitions and chyldysh obseruances have be vsed, and yet to this day are observed and kept, in many and sundry parts of this realm, as vpon Saint Nicholas, Saint Catherine, Saint Clement, the Holy Innocents, and such like, children be strangelie decked and apparayled to counterfeit priestes, bishoppes, and women...King Henry the Eighth, 1541, by his solemn proclamation, stoutly, forbad the practice.

King Henry VIII's Proclamation Banning Boy Bishops - Whereas here- tofore dyvers and many superstitions and chyldysh obseruances have be vsed, and yet to this day are observed and kept, in many and sundry parts of this realm, as vpon Saint Nicholas, Saint Catherine, Saint Clement, the Holy Innocents, and such like, children be strangelie decked and apparayled to counterfeit priestes, bishoppes, and women...King Henry the Eighth, 1541, by his solemn proclamation, stoutly, forbad the practice.

The bust of King James IV - After James IV's death at Flodden in 1513 during the Franco-Scottish invasion of England, fewer references to Africans appear in the accounts. Interestingly, however, in 1594, during the reign of James VI, a richly attired Black Moor was paid to help pull the chariots during celebrations to mark the birth of James's eldest son, Henry Frederick. Nothing more is known about this man except that he lived in Edinburgh.

The bust of King James IV - After James IV's death at Flodden in 1513 during the Franco-Scottish invasion of England, fewer references to Africans appear in the accounts. Interestingly, however, in 1594, during the reign of James VI, a richly attired Black Moor was paid to help pull the chariots during celebrations to mark the birth of James's eldest son, Henry Frederick. Nothing more is known about this man except that he lived in Edinburgh.

This is the story of one of those Royal names, and possibly the oldest female prisoner in the Tower's history - Margaret Pole, the Countess of Salisbury.

This is the story of one of those Royal names, and possibly the oldest female prisoner in the Tower's history - Margaret Pole, the Countess of Salisbury.

In 1534 Alice Tankerville was imprisoned in the Tower, apparently in the Cold Harbour Gate, for financial offences. She escaped with the help of one of her guards, the only escapee in king Henry's time.

In 1534 Alice Tankerville was imprisoned in the Tower, apparently in the Cold Harbour Gate, for financial offences. She escaped with the help of one of her guards, the only escapee in king Henry's time.

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