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Christopher Marlowe or Kit Marlowe...
was he saved at Deptford
by the Lord High Admiral, Lord Howard of Effingham?




why did the mystery happen
in Eleanor Bull's home
at Deptford?...and not elsewhere?







Eleanor Bull




Who WAS Eleanor Bull?

She had some surprising family connections...
to The Lord High Admiral,
to the Lord Chamberlain, Lord Hunsdon,
and,
to a lady little known
but very close to the Queen...
Blanche Parry



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The clue is in
Eleanor Bull's
name before her marriage...

Eleanor Whitney


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The Whitneys



The Whitneys
were an ancient border family
whose seat was at
Whitney-on-Wye,

near Hay-on-Wye
and Ross-on-Wye,
in the Wye Valley
on the Welsh borders.

They were close
to the Parrys nearby.

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The Lord Admiral


How does the Lord Admiral
relate to Eleanor (Whitney) Bull?

The clue is in his wife's family...

he was married to
Catherine Carey

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Catherine Carey


Catherine Carey was

1. very close to the Queen       (see page one)

2. the Queen's cousin

3. the daughter of Lord Hunsdon,
the Lord Chamberlain, Baron Carey
      (see page two)


4. married to Charles Howard,
Baron Effingham, the Lord High Admiral




She was also, on her mother's side,
a Whitney...

her mother Anne Morgan

is the daughter of
Thomas Morgan
and
Elizabeth Whitney.


And so,
one of Eleanor Bull's family,
the Whitneys, is
the mother-in-law
of the Lord Chamberlain,
Lord Hunsdon,
and,
the grandmother
of the Admiral's wife

... she, herself,(the Admiral's wife)
is the Queen's cousin and
of very great importance to
the Queen's happiness.




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Blanche Parry


Blanche Parry, as is shown in the following,
was a lady of immense importance
to the Queen.

When she died,
her will
included several bequests
to her relatives
the Whitneys.

This included
Eleanor, nee Whitney,
by then Mrs. Richard Bull.


(Another cousin of Blanche's
was the well known astrologer
to the Queen,
Dr. John Dee.)

(see The Reckoning, Charles Nicholl)



http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/BlancheParry.htm

"Blanche PARRY

Born: 1507

Died: 1589

Buried: St. Margaret's Church, London, Middlessex, England

Father: Henry PARRY of Newcourt (son of Miles ap Harry and Jane Stradling)

Mother: Alice MILBOURNE

Monument to Blanche, kneeling alongside Elizbabeth, in St. Faith's, Bacton, Hereford

Blanche was a Welshwoman who was assumed to have taught Owen Tudor's great- granddaughter to speak Welsh. His father died, and her mother, Alice Milburne, remarried when Blanche was about 16. Trough her aunt Blanche, who married first Sir James Whitney and second Sir William Herbert of St. Julian, she was related to the Careys.

She can recall Elizabeth being rocked to sleep. Blanche never married and stayed with Elizabeth until her death. In several of the books, it mentioned that she was blind towards the end of her life.

Blanche was from Wales and it is believed that she taught Elizabeth how to speak Welch. Upon Elizabeth's coronation, (for which Blanche was given 7 yards of scarlet and 15 yards of crimson velvet, 1 1/4 yards of cloth of gold yellow with work and 3/4 yard cloth of gold with black for a dress to wear to the occasion) Kate Ashley, Blanche Parry and Elizabeth Norwich all became gentlewomen of the Bedchamber or Privy Chamber. Her salary was 33 6s. 8d., with board and lodging for herself and servants, also food for her horses and stabling.

The Queen was a keen rider and it was important that her attendants should be able to accompany her. Sir Thomas Parry, Blanche's cousin was appointed Treasurer of the Household.

Other cousin was Dr. John Dee who was Elizabeth's astronmer and astrologer. In fact, it was Dee who decided on the date, Jan 15th, for Elizabeth's coronation.

Blanche Parry made a special study of palmistry, and occasionally told the fortunes of maids of honor. Kindly hearted, Blanche ruled the Privy-Chamber, and had special foavour to lady Mary Grey.

Her devotion was rewarded with gifts of land such as Llangorse Lake and the responsibility of looking after the Queen's library and jewel box.

A lovely monument to Blanche in St. Margaret's Church which is beside Westminster Abbey."

http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/BlancheParry.htm


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"Those who were around the Queen always wore their best. To catch the eye (and gain favor) of Her Majesty was considered possible wealth and power.

Mistress Blanche Parry was of gentle birth, yet she was one of Elizabeth's closest confidants.

For those who don't know who she was, Blanche Parry was Elizabeth's nursemaid. She was there when the Princess was born and possibly the closest mother Her Majesty would ever have.

She never married but still was given the title of "Mistress" and even when she passed, Elizabeth commanded her to have the funeral rights done as if she was a Baroness.

Blanche Parry wore extravagant clothing and even shared jewelry with Her Majesty.

She may have had a lot of power being so close to the Queen, but in actual precedence she was lower than ladies who had married Knights."

excerpted from the group
alt.fairs.renaissance


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Two new pages!


The Whitney Family...
their fascinating history from the time of William the Conqueror,
and their Castle on the Welsh borders



Did Kit Marlowe stay at Whitney-on-Wye?and if so, why?


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page one


page two


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(in the extracts quoted from books and websites, the italics are mine)

(written originally by lyra, edited and rewritten)