Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk
|Duke of Norfolk|
|Born||10 March 1536|
|Died||2 June 1572 (aged 36)|
Tower Hill , London, England
|Spouse(s)||Mary FitzAlan |
|Father||Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey|
|Mother||Frances de Vere|
Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, KG (10 March 1536 – 2 June 1572) was an English nobleman and politician. Although hailing from a family with strong Catholic leanings, he was raised a Protestant. He was a second cousin of Queen Elizabeth I through her maternal grandmother, and held many high offices during her reign.
Early life, family, and religion
Norfolk was taught as a child by John Foxe, the Protestant martyrologist, who remained a lifelong recipient of Norfolk's patronage. His father predeceased his grandfather, so Norfolk inherited the Dukedom of Norfolk upon the death of his grandfather, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk in 1554.
He was a second cousin of Queen Elizabeth I through her maternal grandmother, Lady Elizabeth Howard, and he was trusted with public office despite his family's history and leanings towards Catholicism (although he was brought up a Protestant). He commissioned Thomas Tallis, probably in 1567, to compose his renowned motet in forty voice-parts Spem in alium.
Norfolk was Earl Marshal of England and Queen's Lieutenant in the North. From February to July 1560, Norfolk was commander of the English army in Scotland in support of the Lords of the Congregation opposing Mary of Guise. He negotiated the Treaty of Berwick (1560) by which the Congregation invited English assistance.
Legal troubles and execution
Following his release, he participated in the Ridolfi plot with King Philip II of Spain to put Mary on the English throne and restore Catholicism in England. After a 1571 trial, he was executed for treason in 1572. He is buried at the Church of St Peter ad Vincula within the walls of the Tower of London.
Marriages and issue
Thomas Howard's first wife was Mary FitzAlan, who after the death of her brother Henry in 1556 became heiress to the Arundel estates of her father Henry FitzAlan, 19th Earl of Arundel. She died after a year of marriage, having given birth to a son:
- Philip Howard (28 June 1557 – 19 October 1595), who became the 20th Earl of Arundel.
It is from this marriage that modern Dukes of Norfolk derive their surname of 'FitzAlan-Howard' and their seat in Arundel. Though her funeral effigy is found at Framlingham church, Mary FitzAlan was not buried there but first at the church of St. Clement Danes, Temple Bar and then, under the direction of her grandson's will, at Arundel.
- Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk;
- Lord William Howard, ancestor of the Earls of Carlisle;
- Lady Elizabeth Howard;
- Lady Margaret Howard, Countess of Dorset
Norfolk's three sons by his first two wives, Philip, Thomas, and William, married, respectively, Anne, Margaret, and Elizabeth Dacre. The Dacre sisters were the daughters of Elizabeth Leyburne by her marriage to Thomas Dacre and were, thereby, stepsisters to Norfolk's sons.
Attempted fourth marriage
Following the death of his third wife, Norfolk made an effort in 1569 to marry Mary, Queen of Scots. The marriage, of course, never happened, and Norfolk was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth and executed for this.
- Thomas Howard appears as a character in the Philippa Gregory novels The Virgin's Lover and The Other Queen, and in the novel I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles.
- A highly fictionalized version of the 4th Duke of Norfolk appears as a villain, played by Christopher Eccleston, in the 1998 film Elizabeth.
- Another version of the Duke is in the BBC mini-series The Virgin Queen, played by Kevin McKidd.
- In the Channel 4 documentary Elizabeth (2000) presented by David Starkey, the Duke is portrayed by actor John Gully.
|Ancestors of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk|
- Dukes of Norfolk family tree
- John George Howard, a Toronto architect who claims to be related to the Duke.
- Calendar of State Papers Scotland, vol. 1 (1898), 323, 440.
- HMC: Manuscripts of the Earl of Salisbury at Hatfield, vol.1 (1883), p. 461.
- Jardine, David. Criminal Trials, Supplying Copious Illustrations of the Important Periods of English History During the Reigns of Queen Elizabeth and James I.: To which is Added a Narrative of the Gunpowder Plot, with Historical Prefaces and Notes, Volume 1, pp. 121-245 (Nattali and Bond, 1847).
- Bacon, Matthew et al. A New Abridgment of the Law with Large Additions and Corrections, Volume 9, p. 399 (T. Davis, 1846).
- "Margaret Howard", National Portrait Gallery
- "Churchmouse: Framlingham, Suffolk. Church of St. Michael the Archangel". Homepage.ntlworld.com. 2 May 2000. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- Edwards, Francis (1968). The marvellous chance: Thomas Howard, Fourth Duke of Norfolk, and the Ridolphi plot, 1570-1572. ISBN 0-246-64474-5.
- "Murdin, William : Collection of State Papers, 1571-1596". London. 1759. papers from Norfolk's treason trial 1568-1572.
- Williams, Neville (1965). Thomas Howard, Fourth duke of Norfolk. ASIN B0007DRE5Y.
- William Cooke Taylor, ed. (2005). Thomas Howard: Fourth Duke of Norfolk. The Benedictine Brethren of Glendalough. ISBN 1-4254-6159-X.
- "Howard, Thomas (1536-1572)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
The Duke of Norfolk
| Earl Marshal
The Earl of Shrewsbury
The Earl of Sussex
| Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk
|Peerage of England|
| Duke of Norfolk
Title next held byThomas Howard
| Earl of Surrey
Title next held byThomas Howard
| Baron Mowbray