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Sir Thomas Wyatt

(c. 1521—1554) soldier and rebel


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(c. 1521–54).

Wyatt's father was a poet, courtier, and diplomat, with extensive estates in Kent. Wyatt inherited in 1542. Outraged in 1554 at Mary's decision to marry Philip of Spain, on national and religious grounds, he joined in what was intended as a national rising but finished up confined to Kent. The rebels suffered a set‐back at Wrotham Heath but recovered the initiative when the duke of Norfolk led an ill‐judged advance. Wyatt moved towards London but Mary refused to flee. Repulsed at London bridge and the Tower, he crossed the Thames at Kingston, but found Ludgate closed and his forces deserting. He was executed on Tower Hill on 11 April.

Subjects: British History.


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