Right trustie and welbiloved, we grete you well. And where as it hath pleased the goodnes of Almightie God, of his infynite marcie and grace, to sende unto us, at this tyme, good spede, in the delyveraunce and bringing furthe of a Princes, to the great joye, rejoyce, and inward comforte of my Lorde, us, and all his good and loving subjectes of this his realme; for the whiche his inestymable benevolence, soo shewed unto us, we have noo litle cause to give high thankes, laude, and praising unto oure said Maker, like as we doo mooste lowly, humbly, and with all the inwarde desire of our harte. And inasmuche as we undoubtidly truste, that this oure good spede is to your great pleasure, comforte, and consolation, We, therefore, by thies our letters, advertise you thereof, desiring and hartely praying you to give, with us, unto Almightie God, high thankes, glorie, laude, and praising; and to praye for the good helth, prosperitie, and contynuall preservation of the said Princes accordingly. Yeven under our Signet, at my Lordis Manour of Grenewiche, the 7 day of September, in the 25th yere of my said Lordis reigne.
To oure right trustie and welbiloved,
George Brooke, Lord Cobham was a blood relation of Anne Boleyn and her daughter Princess Elizabeth; George Brooke was the grandson of Anne's great-aunt, another Anne Boleyn.
|George Brooke, Lord Cobham|
In 1533, the aunts of the queen, Anne Shelton (nee Boleyn) born 1475, and Alice Clere (nee Boleyn) were put in charge of Princess Elizabeth's household. The king's daughter Mary was also sent to live in this household, and Anne Shelton would taunt Mary with her bastard status and being replaced as Princess and heir to the throne by Elizabeth. Queen Anne would write to Anne Shelton criticizing Mary and ordering her to beat Mary. Anne Shelton and her husband John, who was controller of the princess' household, became very close to Elizabeth. During Queen Mary's reign, Elizabeth was in fear of her life and for her own protection she fled to the Norfolk home of Anne and John Shelton.
|Shelton Manor, Norfolk|
The Josseline family were fierce supporters of the Protestant faith which Elizabeth reinstated in England. John Josseline became secretary to Archbishop Matthew Parker, previously chaplain to Anne Boleyn, and helped him to write his De Antiquitato Britannica (published 1572).
Correspondance from Matthew Parker circa 1575;
To Sir Thomas Josseline's brother, an antiquary in his house,who wrote this history, Dc Antiquitato Britannica) ecclesicc, aprebend worth 30/. per annum, and procured for him 300/.
He expended upon repairing of his palace at Canterbury, his chief lodging,being burnt in Archbishop Cranmer's time,and upon his other houses, chancels, &c., to about 2G00/.
John Josseline (d.1524) m1. Cecilia FitzHerbert
m2. Phillipa Bradbury
+ Anne Josseline m. John Bagshott
+ Jane Josseline m. Nicholas Wentworth (d.1557)
+ Peter Wentworth m1. Letitia Lane m2. Elizabeth Walsingham
+ Paul Wentworth m. Helen Agmondesham
+ Henry Wentworth
+ Francis Wentworth
+ Clara Wentworth m. Edward Boys
+ Joan Wentworth m. Geoffrey Gates
+ Thomas Josseline (b.1500) m. Dorothy Gates (1512-82)
+ Thomas Josseline
+ John Josseline m. Elizabeth Dore
+ Henry Josseline m. Ann Torrell
+ Edward Josseline m. Mary Lamb
+ Jane Josseline m. Richard Kelton
+ Richard Josseline m1. Alice Shelton
m2. Anne Lucas (1541-1604)
Dorothy Gates had a brother Sir John Gates, who married Mary Denny. Dorothy was very close to her brother, his wife and her family; she often wrote letters to her brother asking him for favours at court. Historian Barbara J Harris asserts that Dorothy "managed her brother's affairs in Essex, while he acted as her advocate at court" as she was "more assertive and shrewder about business than her spouse". Harris suggests that Dorothy had a keen interest in acquiring land and wardships, which brought with them a lot of money.
Sir John's wife Mary Denny was the sister of Anthony Denny, who married Joan Champernowne - a cousin of Kat Ashley, Elizabeth's beloved governess. It was this couple, Anthony and Joan Denny, with whom Elizabeth stayed in 1548 at Cheshunt, from May until October, during Katherine Parr's pregnancy, delivery and death. Anthony Denny was good friends with Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Roger Asham, Elizabeth's tutor, as well as with Nicholas Wentworth.