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Voices from Rycote: Letter of condolence from Elizabeth I to Margery, Lady Norris

Elizabeth's letter is affectionately addressed "myne owne Crowe", a nickname given to Lady Norris by the Queen in respect of her dark complexion. Sir John Norris died in Ireland on 3 September 1597, having spent the preceding two years leading English forces against the Earl of Tyrone's rebellion. Worn down by this service, earlier that summer both Sir John and Lady Norris had unsuccessfully sought his recall to England. In this letter the Queen consoles Lady Norris that "nature can have stirred no more dolorious affection in you as a mother for a deare sonne then gratefullnes and memory of his services paste hath wrought in us his soverougine." (Shelfmark: MS. e. Mus. 18, fol. 168)

Voices from Rycote: Letter of condolence from Elizabeth I to Margery, Lady Norris