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Birthplace of Elizabeth Brooke

Elizabeth Brooke’s birthplace: http://www.cobhamhall.com/historic-house

She was a bit of a phantom; so little information exists.  The Wyatts were friends and neighbors of the Boleyns. Elizabeth was one of their relatives.

Maybe that’s how she and Tom met. We don’t know why she left him after their son was born. They say she lived openly with another man. They also say Henry VIII was considering her as a potential seventh wife as he was reaching the end of his days.

We also know that when Thomas Wyatt and Elizabeth Brooke mixed lines, they gave us benefit of her bloodline. Our ancestors were Vikings, kings and queens.

I got carried away and added descriptions to the ancestors I know by heart. If any of the dates don’t look right, please send me an email; this is really tedious and it’s easy to make mistakes.

When I document how many children they had, remember that few survived in those days.

Our line through Elizabeth Brooke:

Rolf Ragnvaldsson, a.k.a. Rolf the Viking, Rollo the Ganger and Rollo of Norway
Rolf’s own tree includes legendary Vikings. (I worked it up – if anyone’s interested I’ll post it.) Rolf was born circa 846/860. He was among the Viking leaders who laid siege to Paris; instead of paying him off – which was the custom – French King Charles III cut him a deal to protect instead of attack; Rolf became the First Duke of Normandy and was baptized ‘Robert’ in 912. He married Poppa de Valois, granddaughter of Seigneur Pépin (II), Count of Peronne, a great grandson of Charlemagne.  (Rolf had other wives and many more children.) In 927 he gave his son, William (I) Longsword, governance of the dukedom. Rolf is said to have died a pagan in 932.

William I “Longsword”, 2nd Duke of Normandy (893-942)
m Adele of Bretagne (who died after 933).

Richard I “the Fearless”, 3rd Duke of Normandy (933-996)
m Gunnora (about 936 to about 1031)

Richard II, “Richard the Good” – 4th Duke of Normandy
Born 962 in Normandy, France; died 28 Aug 1027 in l’Abbaye de Fecamp.
m Judith of BRITTANY, a.k.a. the Duchess of Rennes (982-1017) in 1000
Have fun with this…
Pedigree resulting from Richard: HM George I’s 18-Great Grandfather, HRE Ferdinand I’s 14-Great Grandfather, U.S. President George Washington’s 21-Great Grandfather, PM Churchill’s 24-Great Grandfather, HM Margrethe II’s 25-Great Grandfather, Agnes Harris’s 20-Great Grandfather, and Osawatomie’ Brown’s 24-Great Grandfather.  See source: http://fabpedigree.com/s068/f017515.htm
Richard II and Judith of Brittany had six children, including …

Robert “the Devil”, 5th Duke of Normandy
Born 999 in Normandy, France. Robert didn’t have any legitimate sons through his wife, so he asked Norman leaders to honor his 7 year old illegitimate son as heir should anything happen to him. Robert died in Nicaea June 22, 1035 while on pilgrimage to Jerusalem.  They kept their word – but it wasn’t easy to keep the boy safe from assassins.
Harlette (Herleva) De Falaise (1003-1050) was Robert’s mistress. They had two children, including William the Bastard – who would earn the title …

William 1 the Conqueror, Norman King

Born 1028, died September 9, 1087.
He won the throne of England in the Battle of Hastings
(After Hastings his men won lands and properties. William’s half-brother – the notoriously not-so-pious Bishop Odo – claimed Allington Castle; many years later it was purchased by our ancestor Sir Henry Wyatt.)
William’s queen was Matilda of Flanders, a direct descendant of Alfred the Great. He was 6’ tall, she was tiny, about 4’ tall. Matilda was born around 1030, died 1083. Both of their tombs were desecrated by people seeking jewels and riches.
The king loved his queen and they had nine children, including…

Henry I Beauclerc, King of England
(Called Beauclerc because he was scholarly)
Born September 1068 and died 1 December 1135.
Henry married Matilda (1079 – 1118), a Scottish princess on November 11, 1100 in Westminster Abbey, London, England.  Her original name was Edith; she changed it to please the Norman barons. She was a descendant of King Edmund II.
Henry I and Matilda had four children, including …

Matilda the Empress Queen
She was born Feb 1102 in London
First she married German Emperor Henry V, who died in 1125.  Then she married Geoffrey V Plantagenet, 9th Count on 22 May 1127 in Le Mans Cathedral, Anjou.  (He was born 24 Aug 1113, died 7 Sep 1151).
Empress Matilda died 9/10/1167 in Notre Dame de Pres.
Matilda and Geoffrey had three children, including …

Henry II Fitzempress, King of England
He was born 25 Mar 1133 in Le Mans, Maine.
Henry married Eleanor of Aquitaine, Duchess on 18 May 1152 in Bordeaux Cathedral.
Eleanor was born 1122 in Chateau de Belin, Guinne, France.
Henry was crowned King 25 Oct 1154.
Henry died 6 Jul 1189 in The Great Castle of Chinon in Touraine and was buried in Fontevrault Abbey in his native Anjou.
Eleanor died 1 Apr 1204 in Fontevraud Abbey, Maine-et-Loire, France and was buried in Fontevraud Abbey, Maine-et-Loire, France.
Henry and Eleanor had 11 children including …

John Plantagenet, King of England
John was born 24 Dec 1167 in Beaumont Palace near Oxford.
He was crowned King 27 May 1199. John married Isabella of Angoulême Taillefer on 24 Aug 1200 in Angouleme Bordeaux. Isabella of Angoulême Taillefer was born 1180 in Angoulême, France. She died 31 May 1246 in Fontevrault and was buried in Fontevraud Abbey.
John died 18 Oct 1216 in Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire and was buried in Tomb in Worcester Cathedral.
They had five children including …

Henry III, King of England
He was born 12 Oct 1207 in Winchester Castle, Hampshire, England.
Henry was crowned 28 Oct 1216.
Henry III married Eleanor of Provence Berenger on 4 Jan 1236 in Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent.
Eleanor was born 1223 in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Henry died 16 Nov 1272 in Westminster Palace London England and was buried in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
Eleanor died 24 Jun 1291 in Amesbury Abbey, Wiltshire and was buried in Convent Church, Amesbury.
Henry and Eleanor had 9 children including …

Edward I (Longshanks), King of England
He was born was born 17 Jun 1239 in Westminster Palace, London England.
Edward married Eleanor of Castile on 18 Oct 1254 in Abbey of Las Huelgas, Burgos, Castile. Eleanor was born 1244 in Castile, Spain.
Edward died 7 Jul 1307 in Burgh-by-Sands and was buried in Westminster Abbey, London, England. Edward was crowned 1274 in Westminster Abbey.
Eleanor died 24 Nov 1290 in Herdeby, Near Grantham, Lincolnshire and was buried in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
They had 16 children, including …

Edward II, King of England
He was born 25 Apr 1284 in Caernarvon Castle.
Edward was crowned in 1307, deposed 20 Jan 1327.
He married Isabella of France on 25 Jan 1308 in Boulogne.  Queen Isabella was born in 1292 in Paris.
Edward died 21 Sep 1327 in Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire and was buried in Gloucester Cathedral.
She died 22 Aug 1358 in Castle Rising, Norfolk, England and was buried in Grey Friars Church, Newgate, London.
They had five children, including …

Edward 111 King of England
He was born was born 13 Nov 1312 in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England. Edward was crowned at Westminster Abbey 29 Jan 1327.
Edward married Philippa of Hainault on 24 Jan 1328 in York Minster. She was born 24 Jun 1311 in Valenciennes.
He died 21 Jun 1377 at Sheen Palace Richmond and was buried in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
Philippa died 15 Aug 1369 in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England and was buried in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
They had 14 children – some died as infants and one died of the Black Death. One surviving child was …

John of Gaunt, Plantagenet Duke
He was born Mar Mar 1340 in St Bavon’s Abbey, Ghent, Flanders.
He married Constance of Castile for political and dynastic reasons. After she died he married his true love Katherine to legitimize their relationship and their children.
(Katherine’s sister was the wife of Geoffrey Chaucer.John married Catherine Swynford Roet Duchess on 13 Jan 1396 in Lincoln Cathedral. King Richard legitimized their children under English law, but stipulated they were not eligible for royal succession. (That didn’t stop Katherine’s great-great grandson from getting himself crowned Henry VII.)

Between them, John and Katherine started the Tudor and Yorkist Royal Houses; most of the European Royal Houses trace their origins back to them through intermarriage.
Katherine and John fulfilled an ancient prophecy of Merlin: “thou shalt get kings though thou be none!”

Their son John Beaufort (1372 to 1409) had two sons Henry, Earl of Somerset and John, Duke of Somerset who fathered Margaret Beaufort (mother of Henry VII).
Their daughter Joan Beaufort (1379 to 1440) – see below – had as her second husband, Ralph Neville of Derby, 1st Earl of Westmoreland. Joan’s daughter, Cicely, married Richard, Duke of York and was mother to Edward IV and Richard III.

John died 3 Feb 1399 in Ely House Holborn and was buried in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, England. Catherine died 10 May 1403 in Lincoln and was buried in Lincoln Cathedral.

Joan De Beaufort
Joan was born 1379. She married Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmoreland on 3 Feb 1396. Ralph was born 1363.  Joan died 13 Nov 1440 in Howden, Yorkshire and was buried in Lincoln Cathedral. Ralph died 21 Oct 1425 in Raby Castle, Durham and was buried in Staindrop.

They had 14 children, including …

Sir Edward Neville who was born in 1417. Edward married Catherine Howard on 15 Oct 1448. Catherine Howard was born in 1414, the daughter of Sir Robert Howard of Stoke Neyland and Margaret Mowbray. Her grandparents were John Howard, Sheriff of Essex and Alice Tendring. The Boleyns are also related to the  Howards.

He died 18 Oct 1476. She died after 1478.  They had two daughters, including …

Margaret Neville
Margaret was born about 1455 in Raby, Durham, England; she died 9/30/1506.
She married John Brooke, Lord Cobham. He was born 10 Dec 1447 in Cowling, Kent, England and died March 3, 1511 or 12.
John Brooke and Margaret Neville had one son …

Thomas Brooke, Lord Cobham
He was born about 1465 in Cowling, Kent, England.
Lord Cobham married Dorothy HEYDEN or Haydon about 1494. She was born 1465 in Beaconsthorpe, Norfolk, England. Dorothy was the daughter of Sir Henry Heydon and Ann Boleyn; Anne Boleyn was the daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn.
Thomas died July 1529 in Stringston, Somersetshire, England.
Elizabeth was related to Anne Boleyn on her mother’s side; Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London, was her mother’s grandfather.
Thomas Brooke and Dorothy Heyden or Heydon had two children, including …

Elizabeth Brooke
She was born 1503 in Cobham Hall, Kent, England; her well-known brother George was born in 1500. Elizabeth married Sir Thomas Wyatt, the Poet. He was born 1503 in Allington Castle, Boxley, Kent, England; Sir Tom died 1542 on the road while working on behalf of the king. Elizabeth died in 1560.
Elizabeth Brooke and Sir Thomas Wyatt had one son …

Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger.
Born 1520 in Allington Castle, Boxley, Kent, England
Married Jane Hawte in 1537 at Boxley, Kent, England; Jane was born in 1522.
Sir Tom led part of a rebellion, was captured by Queen Mary’s forces and died a traitor’s death 11 APR 1554 in the Tower of London, London.
Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger and Jane Hawte had three children, including …

George Wyatt was born 1550 in Allington Castle, Boxley, Kent, England
m Jane Finch 8 OCT 1582 in Caswell, Kent, England. Jane was born around 1555.
George was first biographer of Anne Boleyn. He died died 16 SEP 1623 in Ireland
George and Jane had three children – Francis Wyatt, Haute/Hawte Wyatt and Isabel Wyatt.

Francis and Haute Wyatt
went to Jamestown shortly before the Indian massacre; they returned to England after their father’s death to settle his estate; Francis wound up going back to Jamestown with Haute’s children and stayed.  (See my previous post on Jamestown.)

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