I have learnt many interesting facts about the Tudor period while researching my book.
For example, Reginald Pole, a key character in my book, spent his formative years in college, paid for by Henry VIII. They were later to fall out over Henry’s relationship with Anne Boleyn.
He stayed in exile for many years and rose to be appointed a Cardinal by the then Pope. Returning to court during the reign of Queen Mary Tudor (another main character), she made him her Archbishop of Canterbury. He was to be the last Roman Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury.
Another interesting fact is that both Queen Mary and Cardinal Pole died on the same day, she in the morning, he in the evening.