12th earl of Arundel, Henry Fitz Alan


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Arundel steered a dextrous course through the rapids of mid‐Tudor politics. He was in favour with Henry VIII, served with distinction against the French, and was awarded the Garter. During the reign of Edward VI Arundel was at odds with the duke of Northumberland and spent a year in the Tower. In 1553 he ostensibly supported Lady Jane Grey, but took out an insurance by reporting everything to Mary. Under Mary he was Lord Steward and, as a fellow‐catholic, once more in favour. In Elizabeth's reign, he was mentioned as a possible husband. But he was implicated in the Ridolfi plot in 1571, and in the later 1570s lived in quiet retirement.

Subjects: British History.

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