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Brandon, Charles, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545), magnate, courtier, and soldier  

S. J. Gunn

Brandon, Charles, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545), magnate, courtier, and soldier, was the second but only surviving son of Sir William Brandon (d. 1485) and his wife, Elizabeth Bruyn (d. 1494) of South Ockendon. The manner of Sir William's death, killed at ...

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Carew, Sir Nicholas (b. in or before 1496, d. 1539), diplomat and courtier  

Stanford Lehmberg

Carew, Sir Nicholas (b. in or before 1496, d. 1539), diplomat and courtier, was the eldest son of Sir Richard Carew (d. 1520) of Beddington, Surrey, and Maline, daughter of Robert Oxenbridge (d. 1488) of Ford Place in Brede, Sussex. The main line of his ancient family had settled at ...

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Cromwell, Thomas, earl of Essex (b. in or before 1485, d. 1540), royal minister  

Howard Leithead

Cromwell, Thomas, earl of Essex (b. in or before 1485, d. 1540), royal minister, was the son of Walter Cromwell of Putney, Surrey, who made his name there as a blacksmith, fuller, and cloth merchant, as well as the owner of both a hostelry and a brewery. All that is known of his mother is that she was the aunt of ...

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Dudley, Robert, earl of Leicester (1532/3–1588), courtier and magnate  

Simon Adams

Dudley, Robert, earl of Leicester (1532/3–1588), courtier and magnate, was born on 24 June 1532 or 1533, the fifth son of John Dudley, duke of Northumberland (1504–1553), royal minister, and his wife, Jane Dudley (1508/9–1555) [see under Dudley, John, duke of Northumberland (1504–1553)...

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Gage, Sir John (1479–1556), military administrator and courtier  

David Potter

Gage, Sir John (1479–1556), military administrator and courtier, was born on 28 October 1479 at Burstow, Surrey, the only son of William Gage of Burstow (d. 1497) and Agnes (d. 1501), daughter of Bartholomew Bolney, of Bolney, Sussex. He was baptized the same day at ...

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Godsalve, Sir John (b. in or before 1505, d. 1556), administrator and landowner  

Dale Hoak

Godsalve, Sir John (b. in or before 1505, d. 1556), administrator and landowner, was the first son and heir of Thomas Godsalve (d. 1542), registrar of the Norwich consistory court, and his first wife, Joan. Nothing is known of John Godsalve's early schooling. He was admitted to ...

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Hastings, George, first earl of Huntingdon (1486/7–1544), magnate  

Claire Cross

Hastings, George, first earl of Huntingdon (1486/7–1544), magnate, was the son of Edward, second Baron Hastings (c.1465–1506), and Mary, Baroness Hungerford (d. c.1530), granddaughter of Robert, third Baron Hungerford. Born four years after the execution of his grandfather, William, ...

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Lestrange [Le Strange], Sir Thomas (c. 1490–1545), landowner and administrator  

Joy Rowe

Lestrange [Le Strange], Sir Thomas (c. 1490–1545), landowner and administrator, was the eldest son of Robert Lestrange, esquire (d. 1511), and Anne Lestrange, heir to Sir Thomas Lestrange of Walton, Warwickshire. Upon the death of his father in 1511, when he was in his early twenties, he inherited scattered estates in ...

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Russell, John, first earl of Bedford (c. 1485–1555), courtier and magnate  

Diane Willen

Russell, John, first earl of Bedford (c. 1485–1555), courtier and magnate, was probably born in Dorset, the son and heir of James Russell (d. 1505/6), landowner, of Kingston Russell, Dorset, and his first wife, Alice, daughter of John Wise of Sydenham, Devon...