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King Richard III with a broken sword

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King Richard III with a broken sword

by unknown artist of the English School
oil or tempera on panel, 1530-1562
13 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (335 mm x 260 mm) overall
Lent by a private collection, courtesy of Nevill Keating Pictures, 2020
Primary Collection
NPG L266

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  • King Richard III (1452-1485), Reigned 1483-85. Sitter associated with 27 portraits.

Events of 1530back to top

Current affairs

The Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is arrested for treason after failing to secure the annulment of Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon. He dies at Leicester Abbey on his way from York to the Tower of London.
Thomas Cromwell becomes a member of the King's Council.

Art and science

The Frisian mathematician and cartographer Gemma Frisius publishes De Principiis Astronomiae Cosmographicae (On the Principles of Astronomy and Cosmography). It features the first description of how longitude could be determined by means of time difference.


The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V is formally crowned by Pope Clement VII and invested with the Kingdom of Naples.
The Augsburg Confession is presented to Charles V. Written by the German theologian Philip Melanchthon, this statement of Protestant belief is one of the principal documents of the reformation.
The Florentine Republic is defeated by the forces of the Holy Roman Empire and the Medici family restored to power.

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