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Jane Shore

(d. 1526)


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(d. ?1527),

mistress of Edward IV, over whom she exercised great influence by her beauty and wit. She was accused by Richard III of sorcery, imprisoned, and made to do public penance in 1483, and she died in poverty.

She is the subject of a ballad included in Percy's Reliques, of Churchyard's Shore's Wife in Mirror for Magistrates, of a remarkable passage in Sir T. More's History of Richard the Thirde, of a descriptive note by Drayton (Englands Heroicall Epistles), and of a tragedy by Rowe.

Subjects: Literature.


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