CHARLES BRANDON , 1ST DUKE OF SUFFOLK

TIME-LINE AND ADDITIONAL FACTS ON CHARLES BRANDON, 1ST DUKE OF SUFFOLK. CHARLES THROUGH HIS THIRD WIFE MARY TUDOR, QUEEN DOWAGER OF FRANCE MAKING HIM BROTHER-IN-LAW AND ALSO FRIEND TO HENRY VIII, KING OF ENGLAND.

TIME-LINE OF CHARLES BRANDON , 1ST DUKE OF SUFFOLK

1484
  • Charles Brandon as born second but only surviving son of Sir William Brandon and Elizabeth Bruyn
1485
  • 22ND AUGUST The Battle of Bosworth. Part of the wars of the roses. Tudor Victory over Richard III who was killed at the battle. Henry VII is now King of all England. William Brandon Charles father was Henry Tudor's standard-bearer at the Battle . William was killed during the battle
1494
  • Elizabeth Bruyn Charles mother died
1500
  • Charles brother William Brandon died
1507
  • 7TH FEBRUARY Charles firstly married Margaret Neville The marriage was declared void about 1507
  • Charles daughter by Anne Browne is born Lady Anne Brandon
  • AUGUST Charles sold purchased the manor of Oakford for £203 to Sir Lewis Pollard
1508
  • Charles secondly married Anne Browne (the step-daughter of Margaret Neville's his first wife sister, Lucy Neville) in a secret ceremony at Stepney and later publicly at St Michael's, Cornhill
1509
  • 21ST APRIL King Henry VII of England is dead an now his son Henry VIII is King of England
  • Charles was squire of the royal body, and was appointed chamberlain of the principality of North Wales
1510
  • Lady Mary Brandon is born by Charles wife Anne Browne
  • 6TH FEBRUARY Charles was made marshal of the king's bench, in the room of his uncle, Sir Thomas Brandon
1511
  • Charles wife Anne Browne died, María de Salinas, became the Godmother to Mary Brandon, Charles daughter to his second wife Anne Browne. María de Salinas, was the mother of Charles future  fourth wife Catherine.
  • 23RD NOVEMBER Charles was granted the office of marshal of the royal household
1512
  • 29TH MARCH Charles was appointed keeper of the royal manor and park of Wanstead
1513
  • Charles became Master of the Horse to King Henry VIII of England
  • Charles was then contracted to marry Elizabeth Grey, 5th Baroness Lisle but the contract was annulled, and he surrendered the title before 1519 Elizabeth had been the Charles Ward.
  • Donnington Castle was given to Charles.
  • 15TH MAY Charles was made Viscount Lisle 1513–1523
  • 16TH AUGUST Charles fought at the The Battle of the Spurs, Part of the War of the League of Cambrai Location Enguinegatte (then Guinegate), France Result Anglo-Imperial victory
1514
  • 4TH MARCH Charles was create Duke of Suffolk.and granted him the forfeited de la Pole estates. 1514–1545
  • OCTOBER Charles accompanied by his cousin William Sidney and Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset were sent to Paris, to witness the coronation on 5 November of the Princess Mary as consort of Louis XII, and took a prominent part in the subsequent jousts and festivities.
1515
  • JANUARY King Henry VIII sent Charles to bring Mary back to England Henry made the Charles promise that he would not propose to her.
  • 3RD MARCH Charles wed in secret at the Hotel de Clugny Mary Tudor queen dowager of France in the presence of just 10 people, among whom was King Francis I
  • MARCH Charles told Thomas Wolsey of his marriage to Mary Tudor.
  • 13TH MAY Charles openly married at Greenwich Hall Mary Tudor, Queen Dowager of France
  • Charles and Mary Tudor lived at Westhorpe Hall , England
1516
  • 11TH MARCH Charles son Lord Henry Brandon is born (1516 – 1522 )
1517
  • 16TH JUNE Charles daughter Francis Brandon is born at Hatfield, Hertfordshire to his wife Mary Tudor
1519
  • Charles daughter By his wife Mary Tudor is born Lady Eleanor Brandon
1520
1522
  • Charles had Suffolk Place built Renaissance style
  • Charles son Lord Henry Brandon died
  • when Charles V visited England, Charles received both the king and the emperor at his house in Southwark, and they dined and hunted with him
1523
  • Charles son Henry Brandon, 1 is born by his wife Mary Tudor.1523 – 1 March 1534
  • Charles was sent to Calais to command the English troops there.
1524
  • 10TH MARCH King Henry VIII suffered a jousting accident. The king had forgotten to lower the visor of his headpiece and was struck by , Charles , on the brow.
  • Charles was made was appointed Earl Marshal of England
1525
  • 18TH JUNE Charles and other nobles including Thomas Howard the 3rd Duke of Norfolk,, were attended a ceremony for Henry Fitzroy the King's illegitimate son, when he was created Earl of Nottingham. Six-year old Henry knelt before his father as Sir Thomas More read out the patents of nobility. It was the first time since the 12th century that an illegitimate son was raised to the peerage. Also on this day Charles son Henry Brandon was created Earl of Lincoln by Henry VIII . Sir John Vere was appointed to carry him"
  • JUNE Charles son Henry Brandon is betrothed to Catherine Willoughby
1528
  • 1ST MARCH King Henry VIII sold Catherine Willoughby de Eresby ward ship to Charles .On acquiring Catherine's wardship, Charles immediately intervened in the family quarrel, that was happening over lands and inheritance with a letter to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey,and his intervention appears to have cowed Sir Christopher Willoughby, who wrote to Thomas Wolsey that the Cardinal's anger was 'worse to him than death'
  • Cardinal Campeggio stayed at one of Charles homes in Suffolk.
  • Pope Clement VII issued a Papal Bull, which confirmed that Charles Brandon's divorce from Margaret Neville was valid, thus establishing the legitimacy of Mary and Anne Brandon. He also bull from Pope Clement VII that assured the legitimacy of his marriage with Mary Tudor.
1529
  • Charles was sent with Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, to demand the Great Seal from Thomas Wolsey
1530
  • Charles became Lord President of the Council 1530–1545
1532
  • Charles was one of the noblemen who accompanied Henry VIII to Calais to the new meeting between him and Francis I.
1533
  • APRIL Charles was sent with the Duke of Norfolk to Queen Catherine Aragon , to tell her that the king had now married Anne Boleyn, and that she must not pretend to the name of queen any longer.
  • 1ST JUNE The coronation of Anne Boleyn. Charles is appointed high steward at the new queen’s coronation.
  • 25TH JUNE Mary Tudor Charles wife died at their home in Westhorpe Hall, Westhorpe, Suffolk, Kingdom of England
  • 21ST JULY The funeral of Mary Tudor, Charles wife. Catherine Willoughby, Charles ward was one of the chief mourners at her funeral. Charles daughter Anne and her sister Mary pushed themselves to the head of the funeral cortege just before the coffin was lowered into the crypt of the Abbey of St Edmundsbury, much to the consternation of their half-siblings
  • 7TH SEPTEMBER Charles married Catherine Willoughby, 12th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby Charles was forty-nine and Catherine only fourteen
  • Charles daughter Frances married Henry Grey, Marquess of Dorset. at Suffolk Place
  • 10TH SEPTEMBER Charles was was present at the christening of the Princess Elizabeth at Greenwich.
1534
  • 1ST MARCH Charles son Henry Brandon, 1st Earl of Lincoln died.
  • Charles was one of the commissioners appointed to take the oaths of the people in accordance with the new Act of Succession, binding them to accept the issue of Anne Boleyn as their future sovereign
  • Charles was was appointed warden and chief justice of all the royal forests on the south side of the Trent
1535
  • 18TH SEPTEMBER Charles son by his fourth wife Catherine is born, Henry Brandon
  • Eresby manor house was built  around this period by Charles
1536
  • JANUARY Eleanor, Charles daughter was designated the chief mourner for the funeral service of Catherine of Aragon, first Queen consort of Henry VIII at Peterborough Cathedral
  • 4TH FEBRUARY Charles exchanged with King Henry VIII Suffolk Place for Norwich Place on the Strand, London.
  • SEPTEMBER Charles married his ward, the 14-year-old Catherine Willoughby
  • OCTOBER Charles and Henry Courtenay, 1st Marquess of Exeter were sent into Yorkshire to put down the Pilgrimage of Grace, Roman Catholic uprising
1537
  • Charles Brandon, Charles son by his fourth marriage to Catherine is born.
  • JUNE Charles daughter Eleanor married Henry Clifford, 2nd Earl of Cumberland
  • 12TH OCTOBER The Lady Jane Grey is born, Charles granddaughter through his daughter Francis
  • 15TH OCTOBER Charles is present at the Christening of Prince Edward (Future Edward VI of England)
1538
  • Maxstoke Priory was granted to Charles
1539
  • Henry VIII granted Charles the lands of the nearby suppressed Vaudey Abbey, founded in 1147, and he used its stone as building material for his new house.Charles set about extending and rebuilding his wife's house this would be Grimsthorpe Castle
  • DECEMBER Charles and his wife are among those who are the first to greet Anne of Cleves when she arrives in England
1541
  • Charles is made Lord Steward 1541–1544
  • Henry VIII visited Charles home at Grimsthorpe Castle and Legsby manor in Lincolnshire, England
1542
  • Lady Mary Brandon Charles daughter died
  • Charles fought in the The Italian War of 1542–46 Part of the Italian Wars
  • Thomas Goodricke purchased Ribston and other estates, in Yorkshire, from Charles
1544
  • 20TH JUNE Charles made his will
  • 19TH JULY -18TH SEPTEMBER Charles fought and was in command of of the English army, in the Siege of Boulogne Part of the Italian War of 1542 Location Boulogne, on the French coast of the English Channel Result English victory
1545
  • 24TH APRIL Charles stood as second Godfather to Henry Wriothesley, the son of Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton
  • 22ND AUGUST Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk died at Guildford, Surrey, Kingdom of England
 
Charles Brandon was buried at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

EXTRA FACTS ON CHARLES BRANDON 1ST DUKE OF SUFFOLK

  • Charles Brandon, was the 1st Duke of Suffolk, and the 1st Viscount Lisle
 
  • Charles was brought up at the court of Henry VII and became a great favourite of King Henry VIII of England. He was charming and charismatic,
 
  • Charles  Prior to his marriage to Anne Browne had married Margaret Neville; however, he had been previously been betrothed to Anne and deserted her while she was pregnant with Mary's sister, Anne. After his marriage to Margaret was declared null and void due to his pre-contract with Anne Browne, he married then Anne Browne.
     
 
  • An affection between Charles and the dowager queen Mary had subsisted before her marriage. Even King Francis I roundly charged him with an intention to marry her. When Charles married Mary Tudor, this was technically treason.The privy council urged that Charles should be imprisoned and executed. He was only saved from King Henry's anger by Thomas Wolsey and also from the affection that the King had for both his sister and for him. Hence, the couple got off easily and were charged only with a heavy fine of £24,000 to be paid to the King in yearly instalments of £1000, as well as the whole of Mary's dowry from King Louis XII of £200,000, together with her plate and jewels. After his marriage to Mary, Charles lived for some years in retirement before returning to court
 
 
  • Charles was one of the commissioners appointed by Henry to dismiss Catherine’s household, a task which he found distasteful.
 
  • Catherine Willoughby his fourth wife, had been betrothed to his eldest surviving son, Henry, Earl of Lincoln, but the boy was too young to marry. Not desiring to risk losing Catherine's lands, Charles married her himself in the end
 
  • The Lady Jane Grey, nine day Queen of England in 1553, was Charles granddaughter through his daughter Francis Brandon from his third marriage to Mary Tudor.
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  • After Charles Brandon's death in 1545, his widow Catherine married Richard Bertie

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