Name: Elizabeth Stafford
Birth: ABT 1497 in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales 1
Death: 30 NOV 1558 in Lambeth, London, England 2
Burial: 7 DEC 1558 Lambeth, London, England 2
Elizabeth Howard (nee Stafford) (1494- 30 November 1558) was the daught er of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and the wife of Thomas Howar d, 3rd Duke of Norfolk.
On 10 September 1533, she stood as one of the two godmothers of Princess E lizabeth.
Elizabeth was born in 1494, the eldest daughter of Edward Stafford, 3rd Du ke of Buckingham (3 September 1478-1521 and Eleanor Percy. Her paternal gr andparents were Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Catherine Woodv ille, and her maternal grandparents were Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumb erland and Maud Herbert. Her grandfather, the Duke of Buckingham, was exec uted in 1483 by King Richard III for treason, and in 1521, her own fath er suffered the same fate when he was beheaded on Tower Hill for treason a gainst his king, Henry VIII. Elizabeth had two sisters, Mary, Lady Bergave nny and Catherine, Countess Westmoreland, and a brother, Henry Stafford, 1 st Baron Stafford.
On 8 January 1513, Elizabeth married Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, w ho in 1524, would become the 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The marriage was his sec ond. Elizabeth was against it from the start as her father Buckingham h ad promised her in marriage to Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmorland his wa rd whom Elizabeth was in love with. Howard however wouldn't accept a ny of Elizabeth's sisters as a wife and wanted her. Howard's first wife h ad been Anne of York, the daughter of Edward IV, but none of their childr en had lived beyond early infancy. Elizabeth bore her husband four survivi ng children but their marriage was unhappy and violent. He had taken as h is mistress Bess Holland, who was her own laundress, and when Elizabeth pr otested, calling her "a churl's daughter who was but a washer in my nurse ry for eight years" Howard savagely beat her. She later accused his mistre ss of striking her. They separated in 1533, the year Howard's niece, An ne Boleyn, was crowned Queen of England. Elizabeth did not like Anne and w as staunchly partisan in favour of Catherine of Aragon. In 1530, Elizabe th smuggled letters received from Italy to Catherine concealed in orange s. Elizabeth also later told the Spanish Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, th at Howard had confided in her that "Anne would be the ruin of all her fami ly". Anne, however, managed to win the favour of Elizabeth by arranging br illiant matches for the Howard children. Henry was married to the daught er of the Earl of Oxford, while Mary married the King's illegitimate so n, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset. Appeased, Elizabeth s topped plotting against Anne and returned to Court.On 10 September 1533, s he stood as one of the two godmothers of Princess Elizabeth.
She died on 30 November 1558 in Lambeth, London at the age of sixty-fou r. Elizabeth was the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk at the time of her deat h, her estranged husband, the Duke, having died four years earlier. She w as buried on 7 December 1558 in Lambeth.
Father: Edward Stafford b: 3 FEB 1478 in Brecknock Castle, Brecon, Wales
Mother: Eleanor Percy b: ABT 1474 in Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
Thomas Howard b: 1473 in Ashwellthorpe, Norfolkshire, England
- Katherine Howard b: ABT 1514 in Kenninghall, Norfolk, England
- Thomas Howard b: ABT 1520 in Kenninghall, Norfolk, England
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