Lady Bridget Manners
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Lady Bridget Manners (died 24 July 1604) was the daughter of John Manners, 4th Earl of Rutland, and his wife, the former Elizabeth Charlton.
She went to court at the age of thirteen to be one of Queen Elizabeth I's maids of honour.
Bridget Hussey, Countess of Bedford, the wife of Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland (Bridget Manners' grandfather), was so charmed with Bridget that she decided to sponsor her despite her deficient education.
The Countess of Bedford's confidence in her was justified, as Bridget became the Queen's carver, a post of high honour.
Barnabe Barnes addressed one of the five dedicatory sonnets of his sonnet sequence Parthenophil and Parthenophe to 'the Beautiful Lady, the Lady Bridget Manners'.