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Henry Howard Sr.

Full Name: Henry Howard Sr.

Nationality: English

Title: Duke of Norfolk, Baron Howard of Castle Rising, Earl Marshal of England

Age: 49 (b. 1628)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Brown

Hair Color: Brown

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes and Personality

 

Background

Henry Howard, was born the second son of Henry Howard, 22nd Earl of Arundel, and Lady Elizabeth Stuart. He was created Baron Howard of Castle Rising, in 1669, and Earl of Norfolk, in 1672, when he was also restored to the office of Earl Marshal of England.

 

He succeeded his brother, Thomas Howard, 5th Duke of Norfolk.

 

In approximately 1652, Henry Howard married Lady Anne Somerset, daughter of Edward Somerset, the 2nd Marquess of Worcester, and Elizabeth Dormer. Anne died in 1662. Before 1666, he remarried, to Jane Bickerton.

 

To the shock of the Catholic congregation Henry Howard, upon assuming the Ducal Seat of Norfolk, has converted to the Anglican Church. Some say upon the urgings of Henry Compton, Bishop of London, some on the urgings of the King himself.

 

Parents

  • Father: Sir Henry Frederick Howard, 22nd Earl of Arundel
  • Mother: Lady Elizabeth Stuart

Siblings

  • Thomas Howard, 5th Duke of Norfolk (gained title in 1660), deceased
  • Catherine Howard Digby
  • Philip Howard
  • Bernard Howard
  • Charles Howard

Children

  • Thomas Howard (by Anne Somerset)
  • Elizabeth Howard (by Anne Somerset)
  • Henry Howard Jr. (by Anne Somerset)
  • Phillipa Howard (by Jane Bickerton)

 

Residence

When in London, Henry resides in Arundel House on the Strand, the traditional London residence of the Dukes of Norfolk.

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Jane Howard

Full Name: Jane Howard (nee Bickerton)

Title: Duchess of Norfolk

Religion: Catholic

Nationality: English

Age: 33 (b. 1644)

Gender: Female

Eye Color: Brown

Hair Color: Blonde

 

Physical Attributes and Personality

Proudly Catholic.

 

Background

In 1666 Jane Bickerton married Henry Howard, then Earl of Norfolk.

 

Thus far they have one child, Elizabeth Howard, together.

 

Residence

When in London, Jane resides in Arundel House on the Strand, the traditional London residence of the Dukes of Norfolk.

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Thomas Howard

Full Name: Thomas Howard

Nationality: English

Title: Lord (courtesy as son of a duke)

Age: 20 (b. 1657)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Black

Marital Status: Single

 

Physical Attributes

A delicate-looking young man of average height and slight build.

 

Personality

Thomas is pleasant and polite. Knowing he comes from one of the premiere families, he is spoiled and a bit uppity. While Thomas used to be quite the jovial boy, his father's conversion to the Church of England has turned him far more brooding. He is friendly but not easy to get close to, and he naturally gravitates toward his fellow Catholics.

 

Background

Thomas is the son of Henry Howard Sr, Duke of Norfolk, and Lady Anne Somerset, daughter of Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of Worcester, and Elizabeth Dormer.

 

His father wishes for him to choose what course he wishes for his life, urging him to a commission or to diplomacy. He was educated at Oxford.

 

Residence

When in London, Thomas resides in Arundel House on the Strand, the traditional London residence of the Dukes of Norfolk, with his parents and siblings.

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Henry Howard Jr.

Full Name: Henry Howard Jr.

Nationality: English

Title: Earl of Arundel (courtesy)

Age: 22 (b. 1655)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Black

Marital Status: Single

 

Physical Attributes

A striking young man with pleasant looks.

 

Personality

A young man of remarkable confidence, generally charming company. Well aware that he is a prime catch on the marriage market Henry expects women are naturally drawn to him. He has made a game of gentle flirtations, preferring to play on women's expectations that he is about to kiss them while rarely acting as they expect. At least on first meetings.

 

Often he is found entertaining his dear friend and cousin Isabel Paulett, Dowager Marchioness of Winchester.

 

Background

A politician and soldier, Henry Howard is the son of Henry Howard Sr, Duke of Norfolk, and Lady Anne Somerset, daughter of Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of Worcester, and Elizabeth Dormer.

 

Henry is great friends with John Coventry. As a Catholic, he cannot hold any positions, offices, or commissions.

 

Residence

When in London, Henry resides in Arundel House on the Strand, the traditional London residence of the Dukes of Norfolk.

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William Howard

Full Name: William Howard

Title: Viscount Stafford

Estate Name:

Age: 63 (b. 1614)

Eye Color:

Hair Color: Grey

 

Background

William Howard, 1st Viscount Stafford was the youngest son of Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel, and his wife, the former Alethea Talbot.

 

Stafford supported the royalist cause. In 1637 he married Mary, sister of Henry Stafford, 5th Baron Stafford, and was allowed to take the title of Baron Stafford when the male line of his wife's family died out, whilst Mary became Baroness in her own right. He was raised to a viscountcy by King Charles I of England in 1640. In 1642, he went into exile with the royal family. Throughout the decade following his father's death in 1646, he was involved in financial wrangling with the rest of his family.

 

Children:

  • Henry Stafford Howard
  • John Stafford Howard
  • Francis Stafford Howard
  • Ursula Stafford Howard
  • Delphina Stafford Howard
  • Isabel Paulett, nee Stafford Howard
  • Anastasia Stafford Howard

 

Uncle to Henry Howard Sr, the Duke of Norfolk via his father, the 22nd Earl of Arundel.

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Mary Stafford Howard

Full Name: Mary Stafford Howard

Nationality: English

Title: Viscountess Stafford

Age: 60 (b. 1617)

Gender: Female

Hair Color: Grey

Eye Color: Pale Blue

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes

Mary is not aging gracefully, she clings to the fashions of her youth and seems not to believe herself younger than she is. Yet age is undoubtedly catching up with her, for her hair is all grey. Yet despite this it is still worn in bunches of ringlets at the side of her, and her once brilliant blue eyes now appear watery and pale.

 

Personality

Mary is of an age were she sees little to be gained in holding her tongue. Although not unkind she is forthright and outspoken on certain topics, especially when it comes to the failing morals of the court. Her clothes, although not necessarily old hark back to another age, when youth was still her friend.

 

Background

Content with living in the country away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Mary returned to London when it became clear to her that the family was in crisis due to the lack of a matriarchal figure. She is devoutly Catholic.

 

Family

Married to William Howard, Viscount Stafford. Aunt by marriage to the Duke of Norfolk.

 

Children

  • Henry Stafford Howard
  • John Stafford Howard
  • Francis Stafford Howard
  • Ursula Stafford Howard
  • Delphina Stafford Howard
  • Isabel Paulett, nee Stafford Howard, Marchioness of Winchester
  • Anastasia Stafford Howard

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Isabel Paulett

Full Name: Isabel Paulett (nee Howard)

Nationality: English

Title: Dowager Marchioness of Winchester (courtesy)

Age: 32 (b. 1645)

Gender: Female

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Black

Marital Status: Widowed

 

Physical Attributes

A woman in her early thirties, with raven hair and blue eyes. Striking rather than pretty. Isabel moves with distinctly graceful air, and seems to have about her a gentleness of character. Through it all the lady never forgets that she is a Howard, with one of the finest family pedigree’s in all of England.

 

Background

Isabel was the third and final wife of John Paulet, 5th Marquess of Winchester. Widowed early in 1675 the lady spent some time away from court, finally ended her mourning in the winter of that same year when she joined the court at Windsor. Often found in the company of her cousin Henry Howard Jr.

 

Family

Isabel is the daughter of Mary, Viscountess Stafford and William Howard, Viscount Stafford. She is niece to Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk and Henry Howard, Earl of Norfolk.

 

Cousin to Henry Howard Jr of Castle Rising.

 

Stepmother to Charles Paulett, Marquess of Winchester.

 

Residence

When in London, Isabel resides at Arundel House.

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Character Name: Davina Wellsley

Title: none. (daughter of a Viscount)

Estate Name: Matching Hall, Hampshire

Nationality: English

Age: 21

Gender: female

Eye Colour: dark blue

Hair Colour: black

 

The First Impression & Physical Appearance

Davina is not one to stand out alone in a crowd. She is of a ‘quiet nature’ and prefers to be the Observer rather than the Leader. Her eyes betray her intelligence and she can hold her own if pressed. Her Black hair and dark blue eyes are fringed by heavy lashes with arched brows. Her nose is nicely shaped and her mouth is good and her teeth even.

 

She stands five feet four in her stocking feet. Her frame is neither slender not large rather benefitting from both. A waist that is made better by corsetry and legs that are slender with trim ankles. Her complexion is of a creamy nature and free from marks. Do not be fooled by her delicate countenance for there is strength hidden beneath her soft skin. Her carriage is graceful without being effected and her voice is soft on the ear.

 

Personality

One would think that coming from a family of boys she would be as they and have need of extra tutoring in the finer points of ‘woman-hood’. Happily, that was not the case. She is unaffected and has matured into a charming young woman. She is extremely loyal to her Family and will, if pressed, defend any that she feels has been wronged. A Catholic in a Protestant environment yet remains true to her Faith.

 

Her temper is short and has been the bane of her existence. She has managed with age to keep it under control but there are times when it rises and makes itself known - in defense of something she knows to be right; to get what she wants.

 

She has learned to temper herself when teased by those of her circle but knows that here at Court it could be a hinderance. Intelligent and is a quick learner - a skill that has helped her to navigate the dangerous waters found at Court.

 

She appreciates a fine wit and conversation. Does not suffer fools gladly. Has an interest in Politics but is not motivated enough to become actively involved. Loves clothes and as a result has developed a keen sense of what fits her best in regards to colors, fabrics and decoration.

 

Believes that ‘quality over quantity’ is the correct way and so is not ostentatious in personal ornamentation. Rides but not to impress. Finds singing an impossibility and needlework boring but has managed to be good at the later - a thing that caused her no amount of surprise. The time spent creating something has been a solace to her and her skill has become admired. Loves dancing but is not as adept as she’d like to be. Flirts but in a non-threating manner. Is genuinely well-liked by most.

 

Origin/Background

Father: Reginald Wellsley, 2nd Viscount Baintree (deceased 1674)

Mother: Regina Wellsley (nee Paulet) living

Brother: Richard, 3rd Viscount Baintree 26

Brother: William aged 24

Brother: Alistair aged 18

Sisters: Winifred and Sophia (both deceased)

 

Relations at Court:

Diana Howard plus various other Howard's (second cousins)

Charles Paulet, 6th Marquis of Winchester (first cousin)

Isabel Paulet, Dowager Marchioness of Winchester (GreatAunt)

They are close in age so being thought of as a "Great Aunt" provides amusement.

 

Court

Season VI Spring 1677

There had been so much that had happened to so many but the only one that really mattered was Davina herself. Her Life had been made topsy turvy and she was like a lost Soul pretending to feel one emotion after another in order not to crack.

 

The Queen had been gracious and allowed many to have liberty and Davina took herself back to the Hampshire countryside and Matching hoping that the clean air and quiet surrounding would aid in her many contemplations.

 

Her brother had achieved some success in his design to marry her off to a non Catholic but as of now nothing else had been said or any plans made. Herbert was, so it appeared, not that unwilling yet Davina knew there was more to him that what was at a first glance. That she found him pleasing on the eye hardly made for a marriage ....

 

George was like a shadow figure - moving in and out of her thoughts - like the tide. An everyday occurrence that left her sad and quiet. She had not exchanged a word with him nor had he sent any to her and this hurt. She had pinned so much on him and his speech of indifference to their marriage and life together as well as that of a family had stunned her.

 

Brighton had been the beginning of the small flame being allowed to grow. His words on the balcony and her's that followed had led to a misunderstanding that led further to his own downfall. That 'confession' of his still ate at her and she found it difficult to imagine it being true - for in her own mind the vision of him was not terribly flawed.

 

That was an error of judgement she vowed to never repeat. His placement in The Tower and the manner in which he fit the rolé into his own persona caused further words to be tossed out. His proposal had caught at her heart for that had been a wish so long held by her and one she had given up ever to obtain ......

 

She had had to suffer the consequences of that visit to George in The Tower. Her brother had delivered the blow and she had guessed that he had used Poppy in some way to gain knowledge of it. That George had thought to make it known that there was indeed an agreement still standing between them had shocked her! Her brother had not enlightened regarding the words spoken but she judged by his own coldness and manner it was not good.

 

She had explained that she had refused him. Had parted with hurtful words and how her heart ached but he was deaf to her pleas. Instead, he made his displeasure known, had made it clear that he did not trust her and all her letters were to go thru him. He might even go further and have her 'watched' and even if she had wanted to see George she would not have dared now.

 

The peacefulness of the country was now like her jail.

 

Yet amongst all this George was not the only Man the figured in her thoughts.

 

Charles Whitehurst moved in and out teasing her with bits of memory at the oddest times and at night invaded her dreams and pulled her close into his embrace .....

 

Thomas Herbert. Here then was the wild Card. The sparse times in meeting had all come at the end of the Season and so nothing was dealt with. A dance or two or conversations hardly merited a contract and now she had her brother encouraging her to exchange correspondence so as not to be forgotten.

 

Current Season 1677

She is two years now into her position as a Maid of Honor to Queen Karoline. Has managed to navigate and remain afloat on the stormy and oft times rough seas that make up Life at Court.

 

But there have been changes.

 

Her relationship with George Hardwick, Earl of Chichester, has burnt out. No communication at all. She has yet to return the pearl necklace that was his mothers given to her that day at The Tower last season - when he had asked her to be his wife. Had spoken of his protection and feelings but had doubts of being able to 'love her as she should be.

 

Davina had thought that it meant that he loved another but would marry her yet continue on with the 'mystery woman' who had stolen his heart.

 

Davina remains unaware of the fact that it is not a woman that captured George's heart

 

She has made contact by letter but has yet to hear back. To physically SEE him will, she hopes, put everything to rest. How Lord Chichester feels is anyone's guess.

 

Her brother continues to encourage her to marry Herbert. Now the Queen herself has placed her champion into the Ring - a German man who has asked to pursue her. The Queen has decreed that she must marry by years end or lose any protection as well as her place as a Maid of Honor. She must marry a Protestant to make the Public Face happy. As a Catholic in troubled times Davina knows she has little choice.

 

Charles Whitehurst. Her Lover. The flame that had teased back and forth between them finally engulfed after the Banquet. She had entered his carriage willingly and gave herself to him. She thought that at twenty one her chances of Marriage were slim and so the step she took seemed natural to her.

 

He has no living wife and she no husband so no vows have been broke. His 'reputation' as a womanizer played no great part in her actions. They had shared between then for many months a flirty bantering that had grown into a sexual tension that had only been partially released at the Basildon Party that night in the darkness beneath the trees.

 

He had planned the seduction she knew and even tried to keep himself from full consummation but she had been most convincing!

 

Soon Court will be in Recess and right now she has no idea if she will remain at Court or will her brother allow her to leave for Hampshire. The Queen's Command is also a heavy weight and she knows that she must comply - Herbert or the German.

 

But what if what if another window opened?

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