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Elizabeth Darrell as played by Krystin Pellerin
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Elizabeth Darrell (sometimes spelt Darrall) was the daughter of Sir Edward Darrell of Littlecote (Wilts), Chamberlain to Queen Katherine of Aragon, by his first wife, Jane Croft. She became Maid of Honour to Queen Katherine of Aragon, and like her, refused to take the Oath of Supremacy.
When Katherine died in 1536 she left Mistress Darrell with £200 for her marriage, though none was in prospect. She was among the mourners at Queen Katherine's funeral.
After 1537, she became the mistress of Sir Thomas Wyatt, the elder. She bore 3 sons to Sir Thomas. When Sir Thomas Wyatt died he left Elizabeth properties in Dorset with the right of reversion to her son Francis. In 1543, properties were confirmed as being held, by Elizabeth. She also received the estate at Tarrant given to her in 1544 by Sir Thomas Wyatt the younger. Elizabeth Darrell eventually married Robert Strowde in 1554, shortly after receiving a legacy from Queen Katherine of Aragon.
*The series inaccurately portrays Elizabeth Darrell as hanging herself directly after Katherine's death*
After story: Elizabeth requested to serve Queen Jane Seymour, her cousin, but instead went to the household of Gertrude Blount, Marchioness of Exeter. By January 1541, Elizabeth was openly living with Wyatt as his mistress at Allington Castle in Kent when Wyatt was arrested. Wyatt's will left Elizabeth and his children by him a substantial amount of property and grants. Queen Mary apparently granted Elizabeth a legacy which was left by her mother, Queen Katherine. Elizabeth eventually married to a gentleman named Edward Strode (or Strowde) by whom she had no issue. She died circa 1556; her widowed husband was still living in 1560 at the provost's house in Stoke.
Sir Thomas Wyatt
Children (by Wyatt):
* Henry Wyatt, who died in infancy
* Francis, born in 1540, who took the name of Darrell
* Edward Wyatt, whose date of birth has not been traced and who was executed among the rebels after Wyatt's Rebellion in 1554
Marriage: Robert Strowde in 1543
Source: Kathy Lynn Emerson, A Who's Who in Tudor Women
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|MarinadeChampagne||Her death||2||Nov 5 2011, 12:04 PM EDT by MarinadeChampagne|
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I have never understood why Elizabeth hanged herself in the show after Catherine's demise. Can someone explain it to me?
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