Andrew Dudley’s Goods and Will

Andrew Dudley was the younger brother of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. Born around 1507, he shared in his older brother’s improving fortunes and in his downfall. In 1553, Andrew, in his mid-forties, was betrothed to Margaret Clifford, the daughter …

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Guildford Dudley

What is known about Guildford Dudley, the young husband of Lady Jane Grey? Here are some facts about him. Guildford was the son of John Dudley, who eventually became the Duke of Northumberland, and his wife, Jane—whose maiden name, Guildford, …

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Mary Dudley Sidney Writes in a Book

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One of the things I enjoy most is finding things that the people in my novels wrote themselves–letters, wills, and, in some cases, poetry. Mary Dudley, the oldest surviving daughter of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, married Henry Sidney in …

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The Duke of Northumberland’s Seized Goods

First, sorry for the long absence! I went on a short trip with the family to San Francisco and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Didn’t get much work done at all, which was probably a good thing! I’ll try to put some …

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The Importance of Context

Thanks to the Internet, more primary sources are available to us historical novelists than ever before. As the availability of such sources grows, however, so does another danger: that the sources will be interpreted out of context. Karen Clark over …

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The Last Will of Jane Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland

As I forewarned you a few posts ago, we’re beginning to move into Tudor territory! But I think you’ll find this will, and the story behind it, a moving one. Jane Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland, was born Jane Guildford around …

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