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Tudor Minute February 16, 1547

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for February 16.

Today in 1547, Henry VIII’s body was interred in a vault in St George’s Chapel Windsor. He was buried next to his third wife, Jane Seymour. Here is an eyewitness account of the funeral:

“16 strong Yeomen of the Guard took the coffin and with four strong linen towels, which they had for their fees, let it into the vault near unto the body of Queen Jane Seymour, his third wife. Then the Lord Chamberlain, the Lord Great Master, Mr Treasurer, Mr Comptroller and the Sergeant Porter, breaking their white staves upon their heads in three parts, as did likewise all the Gentleman Ushers, threw them into the grave. Thus the funeral ended, the trumpets sounded in the Rood loft and the company dispersed.”

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at englandcast.com.