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On This Day in May
 
A selection of events either directly or indirectly connected with the Tower which have happened during the month of May
 
 
King Henry VI
King Henry VI
Today, 21st May in 1471 - King Henry VI was killed in the tower of London whilst at prayer.
King Henry VI founded Eton College and King's College Cambridge Both Colleges remember Henry to this day, laying flowers in the Tower of London every year on the anniversary of his death.
http://www.royal.gov.uk/historyofthemonarchy/kingsandqueensofengland/thelancastrians/henryvideposed.aspx
King Henry V
Today, 21st May, 1420, King Charles VI of France cedes France to King Henry V of England in the Treaty of Troyes, after Henry's victory at Agincourt.
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/606922/Treaty-of-Troyes
King Henry V
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria was born. It was during the Victorian era that the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula was renovated and the bodies of Three Queens of England were found and re-buried under the Alter - Queen Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Queen Katherine Howard
http://www.royal.gov.uk/historyofthemonarchy/kingsandqueensoftheunitedkingdom/thehanoverians/victoria.aspx
Sir Francis Bacon
31 May 1621 Sir Francis Bacon was imprisoned in the Tower for four days on charges of accepting bribes and impeachment whilst he held political office.
http://www.biography.com/people/francis-bacon-9194632?page=2
Sir Francis Bacon
Thomas Cranmer
Thomas Cranmer
May 28th 1533 Thomas Cranmer, Arch Bishop of Canterbury, declared the marriage between King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn to be valid.
http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/thomas-cranmer.html
Richard Cromwell
25th May 1660, Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England allowing King Charles II to return and take his throne.
http://www.british-civil-wars.co.uk/biog/richard-cromwell.htm
Richard Cromwell
War of the Roses
War of the Roses
22nd May 1455, The Wars of the Roses begin with Richard of York's (Father of Richard III) victory at the Battle of St Albans.
http://www.warsoftheroses.com/
Margaret Pole
27 May 1541 - Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury (b. 1473) and Aunt to King Henry VIII was beheaded for treason in Tower of London by Henry VIII
http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/the-execution-of-margaret-pole-countess-of-salisbury/
Margaret Pole
King George III
King George III
24 May 1738 - George III, King of Great Britain (1760-1820) was born in 1760
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRgeorgeIII.htm
King George I
28 May 1660, King George I was boron in Osnabruek, Germany. He was the first of the House of Hannover to rule Britain; they changed their name to Windsor during the first world war.
King George I
Colonel Blood
Colonel Blood
This week in (07-14 May) 1671 Colonel Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
George Boleyn Viscount Rochford
This week (08-15 May) 1536 Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn are accused of adultery and incest and sent to the Tower.
George Boleyn Viscount Rochford
Edward Stafford
Edward Stafford
This week in (15-22 May) 1521 Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason.
Queen Anne Boleyn
19th May 1536 Anne Boleyn is beheaded at the Tower
Queen Anne Boleyn
Queen Jane Seymour
Queen Jane Seymour
20th May 1536, one day after the beheading of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII is betrothed to Jane Seymour
King Henry VIII and Queen Jane Seymour
30th May 1536 Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour
King Henry VIII and Queen Jane Seymour
Queen Catherine of Aragon
Queen Catherine of Aragon
23 May 1533 - King Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon's marriage declared null & void by authority English clergy not the Pope
King Charles II
23 May 1660 - King Charles II returns from exile sails from Scheveningen to England
King Charles II
The Marriage of King Charles II to Princess Catherina
The Marriage of King Charles II to Princess Catherina
25 May1661 - King Charles II marries Portuguese princess Catherina the Braganca
Lady Margaret Beaufort
31st May 1443 - Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII of England and Grandmother of Henry VIII is born.
Lady Margaret Beaufort