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

By John Fox

Jane Whorwood used to be certainly one of Charles I’s closest confidantes. The spouse of an Oxfordshire squire, whilst the courtroom moved to Oxford in 1642, at first of the Civil warfare, she helped the royalist reason through spying for the king, and smuggling gold (perhaps up to 1,000 kg) to aid pay for his military. whilst Charles used to be held captive by means of the Parliamentarians, from 1646 to 1649, she equipped cash, correspondence, a number of get away makes an attempt, astrological recommendation, 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 the most public and acrimonious instances 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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No historian has ever obvious it. ’ 10. Virginia White Fitz, Sweete Jane, Mistress of a Martyr King (1988), 325–8 (Historical Notes). the writer, who died in 2005, additionally released wonderful Conspirator: the key lifetime of John Locke (1990). She urged that Cleveland’s poem stated Jane Whorwood’s eco-friendly eyes, healthy for a red-haired Venus with Grace Bellaysis’s shapely shoulders. After the king’s execution, Parliament offered ten Venus work from the royal flats; the Hamilton assortment had simply as many. eleven. Cecil Earle Tyndale-Biscoe, Tyndale-Biscoe of Kashmir (1951), 18–19; Robert Stafford-Biscoe, stories From Jimmy, stories of an Oxfordshire Village (1963); Oxfordshire County Council Archive, Holton Parish field, Par 135/17/JI/2 1859. 12. Frederick John Varley, The Siege of Oxford (1932); Frederick John Varley, complement to the Siege of Oxford (1935); Margaret Toynbee and Peter younger, Strangers in Oxford, 1642–46 (1973); Rosemary and Tony Kelly, A urban at struggle: Oxford 1642–46 (1987); Nicholas Tyacke, ed. , heritage of Oxford collage, Vol. four, 17th Century (1997), 687–731; Ian Roy and Dietrich Reinhart, bankruptcy four, Civil Wars. thirteen. After the second one version of Oliver Cromwell’s Letters and Speeches (1846), Thomas Carlyle used to be educated by means of the Rector of Holton of the Cromwell marriage ceremony, Carlyle accrued Letters, Vol. 21, 77–8, seventy nine, 21 and 24 October 1846. He visited Holton and integrated it within the 3rd variation of Letters and Speeches, 1849, two hundred: ‘Lady Whorwood … relatively within the royalist course. Her robust moated condominium, very worthy to Fairfax in these weeks, nonetheless stands conspicuous in that quarter, although now lower than new determine and possession; drawbridge turn into mounted, deep ditch now dry, moated island became a flower backyard; rebuilt in 1807. ’ 14. Cordell Firebrace, sincere Harry (1932), 50. 2 1612–19: Jeane Ryder, ‘Bairn’ in a ‘Scottified’ Court1 They beg our items, our lands and our lives, They whip our Nobles and lie with our better halves, They pinch our gentry and ship for our Benchers They stab our Sergeants and Pistol our Fencers depart off, proud Scots, hence to undo us, Lest we make you as negative as for those who got here to us. John Chamberlain enclosed to Dudley Carleton, June 1612 simply north of Charing village eco-friendly and its Eleanor move, the place The Strand curved southwards to turn into King highway and Whitehall, stood the Royal Mews. It had as soon as been the Royal Falconry, known as a ‘mew’ from the moult (mue, outdated French) of a poultry of prey. Single-storey stables coated the fashionable web site of Trafalgar sq. and the nationwide Gallery. A Gate of the Lions allowed access to the complicated, and its stone frontage curved around up a highway named after the spurs made there for battling cocks. Tudors and Stuarts spent hours within the saddle interweaving politics with the search and archaic fastened workouts, ritual chivalry to a couple and ‘amourous foolery’ to others. The royal horses gave Jeane Ryder’s father his dwelling as one of many overseers or surveyors of The Mews. by means of 1612, while Jeane was once christened a stone-throw away in St Martin’s, the falcons had long past.

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