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3rd earl of Sussex, Thomas Radcliffe

(c. 1525—1583)


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(c. 1525–83).

Radcliffe's mother was a daughter of the 2nd duke of Norfolk. He fought with distinction in the French campaign of 1544 and at Pinkie in 1547. Though he signed the proclamation of Lady Jane Grey in 1553, his father declared for Mary and was in command of her forces at Framlingham. Radcliffe's wobble does not seem to have done him harm. He was entrusted by Mary with the suppression of Wyatt's rising. He succeeded as earl in 1557 and was given the Garter. In 1556 he was sent by Mary to Ireland as lord keeper with instructions to promote the catholic cause. Elizabeth reappointed him, making him lord‐lieutenant, but his renewed campaign against the O'Neills made little progress. He resigned in 1565 and from 1568 to 1572 was lord president of the Council of the North, helping to put down the rising of the northern earls in 1569. From 1572 until his death he was lord chamberlain.

Subjects: British History — European History.


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