Savage Fortune: An Aristocratic Family in the Early Seventeenth Century

Savage Fortune: An Aristocratic Family in the Early Seventeenth Century

Edited by Lyn Boothman, Sir Richard Hyde Parker


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Boydell Press



The story, in documents and illustrations, of an aristocratic couple, their family, their livelihoods and their houses.
The story of Thomas and Elizabeth Savage and their family, presented here, is a turbulent one, moving from the grandeur of the royal court (Thomas was Chancellor to Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, and his wife Elizabeth was one of her ladies of the bedchamber) to debt and imprisonment. It is teased out through a close examination of the documentary evidence, from letters on intimate family matters and health problems to business correspondence and official documents from the royal court, including Elizabeth's many petitions to Charles I, and later to the House of Lords. There is a particular focus on their houses at Long Melford (Suffolk), Rocksavage (Cheshire), and at Tower Hill in London. Lavishly illustrated with plates and diagrams.


July 2006
10 colour, 6 black and white, 9 line illustrations
352 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Suffolk Records Society
ISBN: 9781843831990
Format: Hardback
Suffolk Records Society
Boydell Press
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Provide(s) a useful trove of information documenting the affairs of a recusant court family associated with Villiers and Henrietta Maria. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW

This excellently edited volume (makes) an invaluable contribution to the history of the family, and the counties of Suffolk and Cheshire. Congratulations to the editors and the Society's officers on an important and impressive achievement. NORTHERN HISTORY
Interesting and rewarding. LOCAL POPULATION STUDIES

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