Dns. D. Thomas Howardus, Comes Arundelia….

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Dns. D. Thomas Howardus, Comes Arundelia….
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Lucas Vorsterman the Elder after Van Dyck
Dns. D. Thomas Howardus, Comes Arundelia….
London. Ca. 1650
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One of the most powerful figures of time and a brutal, unscrupulous, scheming politician and soldier, he was instrumental in bringing down Wolsey and uncle of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Norfolk acquired many enemies, chief amongst whom was his wife who accused him of cruelty and adultery. Eventually his enemies succeeded in having him committed to the Tower and he was only saved when Henry VIII died the night before his execution. Imprisoned during the reign of Edward VI, he was released by Mary and subsequently led the Queen’s army against Wyatt’s Rebellion. Norfolk retired to his house at Kenninghall, Norfolk, where he died on 25th Aug. 1554. He was buried in the church of Framlingham, where a monument, which still exists, was erected over his grave.