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Katharine Ashley

  • [On the triangle between Henry VIII's widow, Queen Katherine Parr, her new husband Thomas Seymour, and young Elizabeth, later Elizabeth I:] ... after the Admiral was married to the Queen, he would come many mornings into the said Lady Elizabeth's chamber before she was ready, and sometimes before she did rise. And if she were up he would bid her good morrow and ask how she did, or strike her upon the back ... and so go forth through his lodgings. And if she were in bed he would open the curtains and bid her good morrow, and make as though he would come at her. ... At Seymour Place, when the Queen lay there, he did use a while to come up every morning in his nightgown, bare legged in his slippers, where he found commonly the Lady Elizabeth at her book. And then he would look in at the gallery door and bid my Lady Elizabeth good morrow, and so go on his way. ... the Admiral loved her but too well and had so done a good while, and the Queen was jealous on her and him, insomuch that one time the Queen, suspecting the often access of the Admiral to the Lady Elizabeth's Grace, came suddenly upon them when they were both alone, he having her in his arms, wherefore the Queen fell out both with the Lord Admiral and with her Grace also.

    • Katharine Ashley,
    • "The Confession of Katharine Ashley," in Samuel Haynes and William Cecil, A Collection of State Papers: Relating to Affairs in the Reigns of King ... ()

Katharine Ashley, English governess and friend to Elizabeth I

(1490 - 1565)

Full name: Katharine Champernowne Ashley (sometimes Astley). She was generally known in her time as Kat Ashley.