REVISITING ENGLAND'S ROYAL MONSTER III-RETRIBUTION
When we study the record, what do we find? Did the villains prosper?
“God is not mocked “
The seventeen Lay Lords in the Parliament which approved the Dissolution of the Monasteries provide potted histories of the type of retribution visited more widely on the 630:
Died without male heir 1544.
His only daughter’s husband died in battle childless.
Her second husband was beheaded in 1572.
Her son and daughter by that husband were executed for murder.
Grandson beheaded by Elizabeth I
No.3 Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.
Married 4 times:
Wife 2-a daughter who married Lord Monteagle – line extinct.
1 was beheaded 1 divorced and then married Edward Earl of Hartford who was beheaded
1 had no children.
The second of the Duke’s daughters had two sons who died as children.
N0 5 John Vere, Earl of Oxon
His grandson utterly wasted the estate and inheritance of the Earldom and his Great grandson died without heir.
No. 6 William Fitz William, Earl of Southampton
Died without heir.
N0.7 William Fitz Alan Earl of Arundel
Four daughters – all childless. His son had an heir who died childless in his father’s lifetime. Title extinct in the male line.
All children died without issue – family extinct.
No.9 Henry Bourchier, Earl of Essex
Killed in fall from a horse – broken neck.
No’s 10 to 14 Edward Lord Stanley Earl of Derby, Thomas Manners, Earl of Rutland, Henry Clifford, Earl of Cumberland, Robert Ratcliff Earl of Sussex, George Lord Hastings , Earl of Huntington - all became extinct.
Beheaded. His two sons died without issue.
No.17 Henry Somerset, Earl of Worcester
Son died in the Tower.
The pattern is at least discernible! In Truth it roars in our faces as if from the jaws of Hell itself.
Elizabeth herself died without issue and the Tudor line was extinct – the end of all Henry’s monstrous crimes was totally vanquished. What a catalogue of evil begetting evil and ending in destruction.
This posting owes much to Sir Henry Spelman's research and early articles in Annals Australasia edited by the great Father Paul Stenhouse M.S.C.and originally appeared in FOUNDATION August, 2010 Issue.