1577– Sir Francis Drake sets sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage.  Drake was vice admiral an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician. He was knighted in 1581, a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards.

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1429 – Hundred Years War,  Joan of Arc ( The Maid of Orléans) unsuccessfully besieges La Charite. Joan of Arc is considered a heroine of France and a Roman Catholic Saint. The Hundred years War – 1337 to 1453 the Houses of Plantagenet against the Houses of Valois.

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1272 – While travelling during the Ninth Crusade, Prince Edward (Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots) becomes King of England upon Henry III of England’s death, but he will not return to England for nearly two years to assume the throne.

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1439 – Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament. The English Parliament / The Parliament of England is key to our research here at Manorial Counsel as – The Parliament of England  was the legislature of the Kingdom of England . In 1066, William the Conqueror  introduced the feudal system, by which he sought the advice of a…

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1485 – King Henry VII of England is crowned.  Henry won the throne when his forces defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth field.  He was the last king of England to win his throne on the field of battle. The war of the Roses and the 15th Century is a particularly favourite period of history for us.  

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1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.  He was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I  and was knighted in 1585. He briefly fell from favour when he secretly married  one of the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting, they were both sen to the Tower of London. On 17 November, Raleigh was tried…

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