Posted By Claire on December 4, 2013
On 4th December 1541, Thomas Wriothesley and William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton, wrote to Sir Ralph Sadler, Henry VIII’s principal secretary, regarding a visit they had made to Agnes Tilney, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk and step-grandmother of Queen Catherine Howard. They reported that “she was not so sick as she made out, but able enough to go to my lord Chancellor’s” so they advised her to go to Sir Thomas Audley, the Lord Chancellor, because he “had some questions for her”.
The next few records in Letters and Papers are various drafts of “Interrogatories to be ministered to the Duchess of Norfolk concerning her and the Queen” and the questions to be put to the Dowager Duchess included:
- “Upon what occasion she took Dereham to her service?”
- “In what place he served, how long, and for what wages?”
- “What reward she gave him, when, and for what respect?”
- “Whether she ever showed herself openly angry with him for any matter?”
- “Whether she rebuked Derham for haunting the company of Mrs. Katharine, when, where, how often, and why?”
- “Whether she ever saw any evil behaviour or light fashion in Dereham towards Mrs. Katharine?”
- “Whether any of her house reported familiarity between Dereham and Mrs. Katharine, and of what sort, and whether she heard that he lay in or upon the bed with her?”
- “Whether she ever said, when asked for Dereham, “You shall find him an you look in the gentlewomen’s chamber,” and why?”
- “Whether she knew of Dereham’s going into Ireland, by whom, and when?”
- “Whether before going he made a testament and delivered or sent it to her?”
- “Whether it declared Dereham’s affection for Mrs. Katharine?”
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