In this day was dead Thomas Wyatt the Younger. He was a rebel leader during the reign of Mary I of England; his rising is traditionally called “Wyatt’s rebellion”. He was also the son of the English poet and ambassador Sir Thomas Wyatt.
On April 11, 1554, the scheduled date of his execution, Wyatt asked permission of Lord Chandos, the lieutenant of the Tower, to speak to the Earl of Devonshire, Edward Courtenay. During their half-hour long meeting, Wyatt knelt down before Courtenay and begged him “to confess the truth of himself,” as Wyatt believed Courtenay was the original instigator of the crime. However, when at the Tower, Wyatt confessed his own blame for exculpating Elizabeth and Courtenay. After Wyatt was beheaded, his body was further punished to the standards of treason. His head, before it was stolen on April 17, was hung from a gallows.