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The Earl of Leicester’s Social Conscience

According to Leicester’s Commonwealth, the Catholic libel of 1584, the Earl of Leicester was a rapacious upstart, persecuting the old and decent gentry families up and down the country. Local historians of the 17th century were much influenced by the … Continue reading

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Robert Dudley’s Childhood

On 24 June 1532 (or, possibly, 1533) Lady Jane Dudley, the wife of Sir John Dudley, gave birth to her fifth son, Robert. It was a holiday with much street celebration in England, the Feast of St. John the Baptist. … Continue reading

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The Green Parrot

When Jane Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland thanked her recently acquired friend, the Duchess of Alba, in her will, she wrote: “I give to the duchess of Alva my green parrot; I have nothing worthy for her else”. A green parrot: … Continue reading

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A Favourite’s Wife: The Lifestyle of Amy Dudley, Part II

The house was the grandest place in Cumnor, right at the centre of the village which had grown around this former summer retreat of the Abbots of Abingdon. Built around 1330 as a large quadrangle around two courtyards, it had … Continue reading

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Edward VI – The Renaissance Prince

“If Henry VIII looked down from heaven upon his young son he would surely have found nothing in his surroundings or in his pastimes to surprise him.”1 A Henry VIII en miniature, Edward VI in his lifetime embodied normality: Growing … Continue reading

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John Dudley’s Last Letter: Is It Authentic?

On the eve of his execution for his attempt to place Lady Jane Grey – his daughter-in-law – on the English throne, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland was sitting in his cell in the Tower of London writing a letter … Continue reading

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John Dudley Speaks on the Scaffold

After a day’s postponement, which they had used to reconcile themselves to the Catholic faith, on 22 August 1553, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, Sir John Gates, and Sir Thomas Palmer were led out of the Tower of London to … Continue reading

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The Young Earl of Warwick, Part III

On 21 June 1553 John Dudley, Earl of Warwick signed the letters patent that declared his sister-in-law, Lady Jane Grey, Edward VI’s heir. His name was one of 102 on the document. Three weeks later, on 10 July, the court … Continue reading

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Mass In The Morning or What Did Northumberland’s Sons Make of His Recantation?

On 21 August 1553, instead of proceeding towards the prepared scaffold outside the Tower of London, a handful of convicted men walked towards the Tower Chapel St. Peter ad Vincula, there to celebrate mass with ‟all the … rites and … Continue reading

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