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Bourchier, Henry, second earl of Essex (1472–1540), magnate  

S. J. Gunn

Bourchier, Henry, second earl of Essex (1472–1540), magnate, was the son of Sir William Bourchier (d. 1483) and his wife, Anne (d. 1489), daughter of Richard Woodville (Wydeville), Earl Rivers. His father's death made Henry heir to his grandfather, Henry Bourchier, first ...

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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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Brandon, Charles, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545)  

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Charles Brandon, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545) by unknown artist, c. 1540–45 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clifford, Henry, first earl of Cumberland (c. 1493–1542), magnate  

R. W. Hoyle

Clifford, Henry, first earl of Cumberland (c. 1493–1542), magnate, was the elder son of Henry Clifford, tenth Baron Clifford (1454–1523), magnate, and his first wife, Anne (d. 1508), daughter of Sir John St John of Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, and his wife, Alice. He had a brother, ...

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

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Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester (1532/33–1588) by unknown artist, c. 1575 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Grey, Henry, duke of Suffolk (1517–1554), magnate  

Robert C. Braddock

Grey, Henry, duke of Suffolk (1517–1554), magnate, was born on 17 January 1517, at Bradgate, Leicestershire, the eldest son of Thomas Grey, second marquess of Dorset, and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Wotton and widow of William Medley.

Aged thirteen when his father died in 1530, ...

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

Maker: Ambrosius Benson

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George Hastings, first earl of Huntingdon (1486/77–1544) by Ambrosius Benson © Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

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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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Neville, Ralph, fourth earl of Westmorland (1498–1549), magnate  

Keith Dockray

Neville, Ralph, fourth earl of Westmorland (1498–1549), magnate, was the second son of Ralph, Baron Neville (who died soon after his birth), and Edith (d. 1529), daughter of Sir William Sandys of the Vyne. Born on 21 February 1498, he succeeded to the ...

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Percy, Henry Algernon, sixth earl of Northumberland (c. 1502–1537), magnate  

R. W. Hoyle

Percy, Henry Algernon, sixth earl of Northumberland (c. 1502–1537), magnate, known by the eighteenth century as ‘the Unthrifty Earl’, was the eldest son of Henry Algernon Percy, fifth earl of Northumberland (1478–1527), and his wife, Katherine Spencer (d. 1542). He had two younger brothers, ...

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

Maker: Hans Holbein the younger

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John Russell, first earl of Bedford (c. 1485–1555) by Hans Holbein the younger, late 1530s The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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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...

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Talbot, George, fourth earl of Shrewsbury and fourth earl of Waterford (1468–1538), magnate  

G. W. Bernard

Talbot, George, fourth earl of Shrewsbury and fourth earl of Waterford (1468–1538), magnate, was born at Shifnal, Shropshire, the son and heir of John Talbot, third earl of Shrewsbury (1448–1473), and his wife, Katherine Stafford (d. 1476). He was a minor at his father's death, and his wardship was granted to ...