The Early Career of Edward Seymour

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Although Henry VIII’s marriage to Jane Seymour would transform the fortunes of her oldest brother, Edward Seymour was a rising man before his sister caught the eye of the king. Edward was born around 1500 to John and Margery Seymour, …

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Angry Monks and Bloody Weapons

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Into nearly every novel about Lady Jane Grey must fall this scene: Jane and her parents, Henry and Frances Grey, Duke and Duchess of Suffolk, are strolling around their home at Sheen when a hand, wielding a bloody axe or …

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Reading to Grandmother

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A while back when doing research on the Seymour family, I came across what I found was a rather amusing letter from Robert Tutt to Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford (the one who secretly married Katherine Grey). The ill-fated marriage …

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It’s a Boy! No, It’s a Girl! Some Seymour Birth Dates

While looking for something else this morning, I made the mistake of looking in the Lisle letters and got completely sidetracked by the question of the birthdates of the older children of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, and his second …

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The Death of Anne Seymour, Duchess of Somerset

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Hi, there! Between taxes and a lovely weekend in Washington, D.C., with the family, I haven’t had much time to blog, but I did want to stop in and commemorate the death of Anne Seymour, Duchess of Somerset. She’s an …

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The Queen, the Princess, and the Impatient Countess

I’m coming up for air after a busy couple of weeks, and haven’t had time to prepare much of substance for the blog, but I thought you might enjoy seeing these two letters written on June 3, 1544, one from …

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A Devoted Duchess: Anne Seymour, Duchess of Somerset

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Anne Seymour, Duchess of Somerset, was one of the more prickly personalities of the Tudor period, but among her attractive qualities was her devotion to her husband, which he repaid in full.  One of the most difficult periods in the …

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The Deaths of a Duke and a Duchess

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On January 22, 1552, Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, uncle and former Protector to Edward VI, was executed on Tower Hill. Somerset was a complex man, neither the “Good Duke” of one stereotype nor the greedy megalomaniac of another, but …

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A New Year’s Gift to the Duke of Somerset

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On January 2, 1549, William, Lord Paget sent an unusual gift to Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset (shown in the portrait here), who was acting as Protector for his nephew Edward VI. Paget, who had been a trusted adviser to …

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Was Lady Jane Grey Precontracted to the Earl of Hertford?

In The Children of Henry VIII, Alison Weir writes that while John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, was planning for Lady Jane Grey to marry his son Guildford, “Jane was already betrothed to Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, the fifteen-year-old son of …

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