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Henry Howard the Poet Earl of SurreyA Life$
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W. A. Sessions

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186250

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186250.001.0001

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The Mother

The Mother

(p.41) 2 The Mother
Henry Howard the Poet Earl of Surrey

W. A. Sessions

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Henry Howard's mother was the daughter of Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, intermittently the Lord High Constable of England ‘eminent for his high blood, and large revenue’. Her father and the example of her mother, Eleanor Percy, daughter of the Earl of Northumberland, who had refused to help Richard III on Bosworth Field, remained the transfiguring forces of the duchess' life — certainly as she suffered the breakdown of two marriages, that of her beloved mistress Queen Catherine and then her own. Born in 1497, Elizabeth Stafford entered the Tudor court at twelve as lady-in-waiting to the new Queen Catherine. This was a normal age for any young courtier, male or female, to begin what would become a lifelong series of encounters and service at the centre of the Tudor world.

Keywords:   Henry Howard, mother, daughter, Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, Eleanor Percy, Richard III, Queen Catherine, Elizabeth Stafford, courtier

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