Thomas Seymour - Historical Profile
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Thomas Seymour's connection to Princess Elizabeth Tudor :
In 1547, Thomas had ambitions to raise himself through a royal wife, either Mary or Elizabeth. His interest in Mary is mentioned in a report from the Imperial Ambassador, Van Der Delft, and his interest in Elizabeth is proved by correspondence from February 1547 where Seymour writes to Elizabeth:-
“I have so much respect for you my Princess, that I dare not tell you of the fire which consumes me, and the impatience with which I yearn to show you my devotion. If it is my good fortune to inspire in you feelings of kindness, and you will consent to a marriage you may assure yourself of having made the happiness of a man who will adore you till death.”
Elizabeth refused him stating her surprise and that her young age, she was not ready for marriage. However after her father's death and Thomas Seymour's marriage to Catherine Parr, Elizabeth came under their the guardianship. Thomas Seymour's ambitions would eventually lead to him being arrested for treason. Both Elizabeth and her governess Kat Ashley would be arrested and interrogated. Under this interrogation Kat Ashley stated that Thomas would get into bed with the teenage Elizabeth tickle her and stroke her buttocks. It was also said that Catherine Parr held Elizabeth whileThomas cut her dress to pieces with a sword. During Catherine Parr's
pregnancy, Thomas became more ardent and this became the reason that Elizabeth was sent away. Elizabeth denied anything untoward had happened and managed to survive unlike Thomas Seymour but she learned a great lesson in the adult world.