Eleanor Clifford, Countess of Cumberland

Awesome article.

I love stories about Historical Women.

The Freelance History Writer

Portrait of an Unknown Lady c.1565-8 by Hans Eworth active 1540-1573 Possible portrait of Eleanor Brandon (https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/eworth-portrait-of-an-unknown-lady-t03896)

Being a close relative of a Tudor monarch was not a very comfortable position to be in.  According to Henry VIII’s Third Act of Succession of 1544, Eleanor was designated as eighth in line behind Henry’s three children, Eleanor’s sister Frances and Frances’ three daughters Lady Jane, Katherine and Mary Grey.  Even being so near to the throne, Eleanor managed to live a full and satisfying life.

Henry VIII’s will named his son Edward, daughter Mary and daughter Elizabeth as his heirs.  He totally bypassed the children of is eldest sister Margaret and also ignored Frances and Eleanor Brandon, naming their children as next in line.  This has been debated ever since.  Perhaps Henry anticipated his children would have heirs.  He did not think highly of Henry Grey and didn’t want him to have any power which he could claim if…

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