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By the time Aemilia's mother died, Aemilia, who was eighteen, was sufficiently in court favor to attract the attention of Henry Carey, first Lord Hunsdon, Queen Elizabeth's lord chamberlain, whose mistress she remained for several years.

Despite the forty-five-year age difference, Lanyer looked back on her time with Hunsdon with great fondness, and apparently resented being married off to Alphonso Lanyer, a court musician, when she became pregnant by the lord chamberlain in 1592.

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In the case of at least one of the Syon House Portraits, its provenance is well-documented back to 1674, when it was first mentioned in the will of Frances Devereux Seymour, second wife of William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset.

Lady Katherine was, of course, Lady Jane Grey’s younger sister, so that William was Lady Jane Grey’s posthumous grand-nephew.

Portrait of Mary Curzon, Countess of Dorset (1585 -1645), by William Hamilton at Kedleston Hall, daughter and heiress of Sir George Curzon of Croxall Hall, Derbyshire.

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Having exhaustively studied the Syon House Portraits over the course of more than three years, it can now be concluded that they are not, in fact, the ‘lost’ Chatsworth Portrait.

Both date to the first half of the seventeenth century, more than fifty years after Jane’s execution in 1554.

Aemilia Lanyer was the first woman writing in English to produce a substantial volume of poetry designed to be printed and to attract patronage.

The volume comprises a series of poems to individual patrons, two short prose dedications, the title poem on Christ's Passion (viewed entirely from a female perspective), and the first country-house poem printed in English, "The Description of Cooke-ham," which precedes the publication of Ben Johnson's "To Penshurst" by five years.

(At right is a detail from a 1610 map by John Speed showing the palace.) It boggles my mind that 1) Charles II later gave it to his mistress (the courtesan Barbara Palmer, whom he made Duchess of Cleveland and Countess of Castlemaine) and 2) that she had it dismantled in 1682–3 and sold the building materials to pay gambling debts. I found out the fate of Nonsuch from Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain.

I was familiar with the palace's inception from reading one of the many Tudor-related books we always keep in stock, as the era remains a perennially fascinating one to historians and readers.

She married Edward Russell, 3rd earl of Bedford (December 20,1572-May 3, 1627) on December 12, 1594, at the age of thirteen.