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  1. 29 de ene. de 2023 · Realizing Elizabeth’s intent, Dudley abandoned his hopes and married her mother’s grandniece Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester in 1578. Throughout Queen Elizabeth I’s life, Robert Dudley was on her mind. She kept his last letter in a box and had it placed on her bedside until she died on March 24, 1603.

    • Rotherfield Greys
    • Manors and Estates
    • Economic History
    • Social History
    • Religious History
    • Local Government

    Until 19th and 20th-century boundarychanges the ancient parish of Rotherfield Greysstretched for 6 miles (9.6 km) across Binfield hundred,from the Chiltern hills in the west to the Thames in theeast. (fn. 1)The parish is mostly rural, although parts ofHenley extended into its eastern edge from an earlydate, and in the 19th and 20th centuries suburb...

    Rotherfield Greys was one of several 5-hide estates in theHenley area which were probably detached from the royalmanor of Benson before the Norman Conquest, althoughno Anglo-Saxon holder of Greys was recorded inDomesday Book. (fn. 107)From the 11th to the 20th century themanor was held by a series of high-status and mostlyresident lords, including ...

    Until the 20th century the inhabitants of RotherfieldGreys depended largely on agriculture: only at theparish's eastern edge, which became part of Henley'ssuburbs, was there a more diverse range ofoccupations. (fn. 217) Farms were dispersed throughout theparish's settlements and fields from the Middle Ages,and a variety of rural trades and crafts w...

    Social Character

    The parish lacked a distinct or uniform socialcharacter, its dispersed settlement pattern, variedland-use and lordship, and the growth of suburbanHenley all contributing to a mixed social complexion.In the 18th and 19th centuries, and probably earlier,the parish comprised three largely separatecommunities: Henley, Rotherfield Greys, andHighmoor. Their lack of cohesion was acknowledgedin 1738 by the curate of Rotherfield Greys, whoreported that many of the inhabitants of the Henley(or lower) e...

    Resident Lords and Gentry

    From the 11th century, one of the defining features ofRotherfield Greys was the presence of a majoraristocratic seat designed as a symbol and focus of localpower, which must have influenced local society andpolitics in innumerable ways. The Greys and theirsuccessors, the Knollyses and the Stapletons, werealmost continuously resident from the Middle Ages tothe 20th century, exercising direct lordship over theirtenants in the south and east of the parish through theholding of manor courts, and...

    Community Activities

    Social activities and customs are poorly recorded beforethe 19th century. Unlike the inhabitants ofneighbouring Peppard, those of Rotherfield Greys donot appear to have enjoyed a tradition of annual revelson the green or similar gatherings. (fn. 403) Village halls werebuilt at Greys Green and at Highmoor Cross in the1920s; that at Highmoor was financed locally, and wasintended to provide a more convenient space for themany social occasions (such as concerts, plays, anddances) that had previou...

    The church of Rotherfield Greys was closely associatedwith the lords of the manor from the Middle Ages tothe 20th century, as surviving memorials to the Greys,Knollyses, and Stapletons attest. The living, a rectory,was not particularly well endowed, though by the1840s tithe rents were worth over £800, and somerectors had considerable personal wealt...

    Manor Courts and Officers

    From the Middle Ages, tenants in different parts of theparish attended separate manor courts. Those in theeastern part, as tenants of the Greys' manor, attendedthe local Rotherfield Greys court, held presumably inthe manor house (Greys Court). In the 13th century themanor was quit of suit at shire and hundred courts, andthe lord held the view of frankpledge; (fn. 575) no medievalcourt rolls survive, however. Court pleas andperquisites were worth 2s. a year in 1295 and 1311, and £1a year in 13...

    Parish Government and Officers

    Two churchwardens were recorded in 1530. (fn. 585) At avestry meeting in 1749 one was nominated by therector and the other by the parish; also elected weretwo overseers of the poor and two surveyors ofhighways, and a constable was mentioned. (fn. 586) Vestryminutes survive from 1745, when the main businesswas poor relief and provision of a workhouse. (fn. 587) Thatresponsibility passed in 1834 to the new poor-lawunion, but until the 1894 Local Government Act thevestry remained responsible for...

  2. 30 de ene. de 2023 · December 27 – The arrival of Anne of Cleves. December 26 – St Stephen’s Day in Tudor times and Henry VIII’s will. December 25 – Christmas Day in Tudor times and the death of Lettice Knollys. Day 24 of the Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar. December 24 – Henry VIII makes his final speech to Parliament.

  3. Hace 1 día · Lettice Knollys--Elizabeth's flame-haired, look-alike coussin--thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth's rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, Lettice has been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood.

  4. 30 de ene. de 2023 · December 27 – The arrival of Anne of Cleves. December 25 – Christmas Day in Tudor times and the death of Lettice Knollys. Day 24 of the Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar. December 24 – Henry VIII makes his final speech to Parliament.

  5. 30 de ene. de 2023 · Join me and five other historians as we explore the lives of this iconic king and his six queens consort. Henry VIII and His Six Wives is a completely online event and its starts on 22nd May 2023. You can see all the details, including event schedule and zoom video call schedule (calls start in February) at https://claireridgway.

  6. 29 de ene. de 2023 · There are numerous historical inaccuracies in this novel, not the least of which is that it was not Dudley's first marriage to Amy Robsart (who died under mysterious circumstances in 1560, fifteen years before the novel appears to be set) which he had to keep secret from the queen, but his second one to Lettice Knollys.