Tidbits of history
Henry VIII, consumed by paranoia and increasing illness, became convinced that Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, had planned to usurp the crown from his son Edward. The King had Surrey imprisoned—with his father—sentenced to death on 13 January 1547, and beheaded for treason on 19 January 1547 (his father survived impending execution only by it being set for the day after the king happened to die, though he remained imprisoned).
In 1534, Mary secretly married a soldier and commoner called William Stafford, who she had met in Calais Her sister was absolutely furious. Mary had married without permission and below her station. Mary Boleyn was banished from the court. She loved her new husband but she and William Stafford had little money Mary Boleyn and her new husband, William Stafford lived in Rochford in Essex
Edward Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp (21 September 1561 – 21 July 1612) was the son of the 1st Earl of Hertford and the former Lady Catherine Grey, younger sister of Lady Jane Grey. From the dynastic point of view, he was an important English royal claimant; in reality, he was a cipher whose legitimacy was questioned. Edward Seymour was born in the Tower of London, where his mother had been imprisoned for secretly marrying his father, against the wishes of Queen Elizabeth I.
Margaret Roper (1505-44) One of the most learned woman of 16th century England, and daughter of Thomas More. During More's imprisonment in the Tower she was a frequent visitor, and after More was beheaded for refusing to accept the Act of Supremacy his head was displayed at London Bridge for a month. At the end of that period, Roper bribed the man whose job it was to throw it the river to give it to her. She preserved it by pickling it.
For some time before 1592, Arbella Stuart was considered one of the natural candidates for succession to the English crown, after her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I However, between the end of 1592 and the spring of 1593, the influential Cecils, Elizabeth's Secretaries of State (Lord Burghley and his son Sir Robert Cecil) turned their attention away from Arbella towards James VI of Scotland.
1589 Lady Elizabeth Walshe by ? (York Museum - York UK) "Elizabeth Stoner was a lady-in-waiting to each of Henry VIII of England's six wives, and was the 'Mother of the Maids', with responsibility for the conduct of the young maids-of-honour. She was the wife of the King's Sergeant-at-Arms, William Stoner. She is remembered as one of the gaolers of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife.
SIR ANTHONY BROWNE (d. 1548)-EXCERPT: 'During the last illness of Henry VIII Browne, with 'good courage and conscience,' undertook to tell the king of his approaching end. Henry appointed him guardian to Prince Edward and to Princess Elizabeth, made him one of his executors, and left him a legacy of £300. On the king's death Browne went to Hertford in order to tell the news to the young prince; and when Edward VI made his public entry into London, Browne, as master of the horse, rode next to him