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Jane Dormer’s Recipe for Politics: A Refuge Household in Spain for Mary Tudor’s Ladies-in-Waiting

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This chapter examines how Jane Dormer, training as a courtier in England, paired with her status as an English woman in Spain, combined to endow her with authority over the diasporic English-Catholic court. While Jane seems to have been one of Queen Mary Tudor's most trusted ladies-in-waiting, she had little chance of a similar role at Elizabeth's court. Together with her life-long correspondence to many of Mary's ladies-in-waiting who remained in England or the Low Countries, the duke's early transfer of English Catholics was the important events for the continuance of Mary's court and the development of a Catholic network unified by the Duke and Duchess of Feria. English Catholic households seem to have been eager to follow Jane as a domestic model. Jane's perpetuation of her own role as a prominent lady of Mary's household, decades after the court had been dispersed, gave continuity to English Catholic courtiers.

Keywords: Duke of Feria; English-Catholic court; Jane Dormer; ladies-in-waiting; Queen Mary Tudor; refuge household; Spain



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