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On This Day in December
 
A selection of events either directly or indirectly connected with the Tower which have happened during the month of December
 
Oliver Cromwell - Stuart times
Oliver Cromwell - Stuart times
16th 1653 Parliamentarian general Oliver Cromwell becomes 'Lord protector' of England, Scotland and Ireland http://www.olivercromwell.org/
Pilgrimage of Grace - Tudor times
5th Dec 1536 The 'Pilgrimage of Grace' against Henry VIII's Reformation is persuaded to disband by the duke of Norfolk http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/pilgrimage_grace.htm
Pilgrimage of Grace - Tudor times
Bill of Rights - Stuart times
Bill of Rights - Stuart times
16th 1689 The 'Bill of Rights', establishing the supremacy of parliament over the monarch, becomes law in England. http://www.constitution.org/bor/eng_bor.htm
Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury
29th Dec 1170 Henry II's soldiers murder Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, at the altar of his cathedral http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/becket.htm
Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury
Jesuit Priest Edmund Campion
Jesuit Priest Edmund Campion
1st December 1581 - Edmund Campion, was taken from the Tower of London where he had been imprisoned and tortured, to Tyburn where he was Hanged, Drawn and Quartered for High Treason. http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/CAMPION.HTM
King James II
10th December 1688 - King James II flees London - he is caught later and put on trial - he leaves England never to return. His elder daughter Mary and her husband William of Orange take the throne jointly as Queen Mary II and King William III. http://www.royal.gov.uk/HistoryoftheMonarchy/KingsandQueensoftheUnitedKingdom/TheStuarts/JamesII.aspx
King James II
Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake
13th December 1577 - Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England with two ships to go around world. One of the ships is called the Pelican which he changes to Golden Hind half way through is journey. A full scale replica of the Golden Hind can be seen moored in London on the Southside. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/drake_francis.shtml
Mary, Queen of Scots
14th December 1542 - Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/mary_queen_of_scots
Mary, Queen of Scots
King Henry II
King Henry II
19th December 1154 - King Henry II is crowned http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=henry2
William Duke of Normandy
25th December 1066 - Duke William of Normandy ('William the Conqueror) crowned king of England in Westminster Abbey http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/william_i_king.shtml
William Duke of Normandy
Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton
25th December 1642 – Sir Isaac Newton, the physicist, mathematician; astronomer (Gravity, Laws of Motion) and Constable of the Tower of London is born http://www.biography.com/people/isaac-newton-9422656
Edmund Earl of Rutland
31st December 1460 - Edmund, Earl of Rutland, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England was killed in the Battle of Wakefield; he was 17 years old. http://war_of_roses.enacademic.com/267/Plantagenet,_Edmund,_Earl_of_Rutland
Edmund Earl of Rutland