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The King's Smuggler: Jane Whorwood, Secret Agent to Charles I

By John Fox

Jane Whorwood was once one in every of Charles I’s closest confidantes. The spouse of an Oxfordshire squire, while the court docket moved to Oxford in 1642, at first of the Civil conflict, she helped the royalist reason by way of spying for the king, and smuggling gold (perhaps up to 1,000 kg) to assist pay for his military. whilst Charles was once held captive by way of the Parliamentarians, from 1646 to 1649, she equipped funds, correspondence, numerous break out makes an attempt, astrological suggestion, and a boat for him. New proof even means that they could have had a short affair. After his execution in 1649, Jane’s marriage collapsed within the some of the most public and acrimonious circumstances of the 17th century. John Fox describes the lifetime of this interesting lady, and the real function she performed within the English Civil War.

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In expansive temper, in line with the Commonwealth Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, John Owen, he could position a hand at the shoulder of acquaintances with whom he talked. At Frances’s marriage ceremony in Whitehall, 1657, the wine flowed, meals (and wigs) flew, and the orchestra performed until eventually sunrise. by way of then Cromwell’s ‘wenches’ have been digital princesses and he all yet regal. As Protector he comfy enjoying the organ at Whitehall and Hampton court docket, even though the sensuous software had no position in his worship. to start the Holton supper he could have learn aloud from his box Bible which dated from Naseby.

Joan Miller had really defended Jane whilst Brome attempted to damage into her bed room close to the place Joan used to be dozing within the maid’s antechamber on the stair head. Jane was once limited to a top-storey tower chamber and denied meat or outfits. while Brome threatened to knock the dairymaid down the spiral stone stairs, she confronted as much as him insisting ‘she was once certain in provider to do any responsibility for his spouse, as for him’, at which he threatened her with a kicking. Cooling off, he approached her later within the laundry asking her ‘to tell on Jane Whorwood and he will be a superb grasp to her’.

Through the Commonwealth interval, Jane’s husband declared that her lifestyles was once now not worthy a halfpenny. (Author) eight. St Bartholomew’s church, Holton, the place Jane, Brome, 3 in their 4 young ones, Brome’s mistress Kate Allen, and their baby ‘cousin Thomas’ have been buried. Victorian preservation obliterated the graves in order that basically these of Sir Thomas Whorwood (d. 1634, on Jane’s marriage ceremony day), and his daughter Elizabeth (d. 1633) stay marked. (Author) Copyright First released 2010 The heritage Press The Mill, Brimscombe Port Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2QG www.

They moved one of the culturati of a courtroom with the king’s increasing paintings assortment at its centre and Inigo Jones overseeing the Whitehall construction undertaking to accommodate it. overdue in existence James Maxwell is assumed to were painted by way of Lely. The king obtained paintings compulsively via diplomats and brokers, and his revival of the Garter ‘royal priesthood’ of chivalry gave his court docket a halo. The Scots dynasty had ‘made it’ and such enrichment said so, just like the Banqueting condominium ceiling, in a apparently Protestant baroque means.

TNA PROB 11/221; Robert Brenner, retailers and Revolution (2003), 71n, 72n, 295, 375n. 7. HCJ, VIII, 389, 19 March 1662; HMC seventy one, Finch Mss, I, 1913, 208–9. eight. Parliamentary documents, Bray Ms nine, 84–6; TNA SP, 1663, 474, 488; 1664–5, XCII, sixty four; XCIII; CXXV 29 June; 1666–7, 10, 29; CLXVI, eleven August and similar access Books are assets for the Whorwood alimony saga, as well as the case papers in Lambeth Palace Library, court docket of Arches Case 9938, Whorwood vs Whorwood, really the witness proof in E5/29, and Jane and others’ signed proof in E4/101ff.

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