Did you catch Jane, Lady Rochford in last night’s episode of Wolf Hall?
The St John family has several close connections with Royalty. Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine had a whole nursery full of Charles II’s babies while her cousin John Wilmot, Lord Rochester also got up to some jolly japes with Old Rowley.
But one hundred and fifty years earlier Alice St John could claim an equally close connection with Royalty. Alice’s father Sir John St John of Bletsoe was Henry VII’s first cousin.
As the monarch’s mother, Margaret Beaufort spread the love to her St John kin. She made her nephew John, son of her half brother Oliver, Chamberlain of her household and for her little great niece Alice, her other half brother John’s granddaughter, she found a place at Court. And even better then that – she found her a husband as well.
In the early 1500s Alice married Henry Parker who had grown up in the household of Alice’s great-aunt…
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