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Thomas Wentworth, 2nd Baron Wentworth

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Thomas Wentworth, 2nd Baron Wentworth

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1568
39 in. x 28 3/8 in. (991 mm x 721 mm)
Purchased, 1919
Primary Collection
NPG 1852

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Mary, Queen of Scots escapes from prison in Loch Leven. Defeated by the rebel lords under the regent James Stuart, Earl of Moray at the Battle of Langside, she escapes to England but is imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth I.
Commercial relations between England and Spain are severed after the Secretary of State Sir William Cecil (later Baron Burghley) seizes three Spanish ships carrying gold bullion, which had been driven into Plymouth by storms.

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Queen Elizabeth I's favourite Sir Henry Lee is painted by Antonis Mor while visiting Antwerp.
Robert Smythson is employed by Sir John Thynne as master mason of Longleat House, Wiltshire, completed in 1580. It is one of the masterpieces of Elizabethan architecture.


Eighty Years' War between Spain and Netherlands begins. Dutch Protestant rebels under Count Louis of Nassau defeat Spanish forces at the Battle of Heiligerlee but are beaten at the Battle of Jemmingen. The Dutch leader William of Orange leads an army into Brabant but withdraws after Fernando, Duke of Alva declines battle.
The Catholic priest William Allen establishes the English College at Douai, France, to train Jesuit missionaries to send to England.

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