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On This Day in February

A selection of events either directly or indirectly connected with the Tower which have happened during the month of February.

King Charles II

2nd February 1685 - Charles II, King of England/Scotland/Ireland (1660-85), dies at 54

Duke of Clarence

18th Feb 1478 - George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is privately executed in the Tower of London.

The Battle of Great Torrington

16th February 1646 - Battle of Great Torrington, Devon - the last major battle of the first English Civil War.

King Henry VIII

11th February 1531 - Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England

English/French treaty

17th Feb 1676 - Kings Charles II & Louis XIV sign secret treaty

Wyatt rebellion

9th February 1554 - Battle at London: Sir Thomas Wyatt defeated

Elizabeth of York

4th February 1503 - Queen Elizabeth, wife of Henry VII of England, dies

King Edward III

1st February 1327 – At 14 years old, Edward III is crowned King of England, however, his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer rule the country in his name until he is of age.

Death Warrant of Mary Queen of Scots

1st February 1587 - Queen Elizabeth I signs Mary Stuarts death sentence

King Stephen

2nd February 1141 - King Stephen captured during the battle at Lincoln

King Richard I

4th February 1194 - 100,000 marks ransom is paid for Richard I, King of England

King Richard II

14th February 1400 - Richard II dies.

Cato Street Conspiracy

23rd February 1820 the plotters of the Cato Street Conspiracy, a group who wanted to blow up the British Cabinet, were arrested.

King Edward VI

20th February 1547 – King Henry VIII’s son Edward, becomes King Edward VI of England.

Pope Pius V

25th February 1570 Elizabeth I was declared a heretic by Pope Pius V, who releases her subjects from allegiance to her

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