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Voices from Rycote: Letter of condolence from Elizabeth I to Henry, 1st Baron Norris of Rycote

This letter of condolence, written in 1599, marked the second time in two years that Elizabeth I had taken up her pen to condole Lord and Lady Norris. The Queen's previous letter had comforted Lady Norris upon the death of her son Sir John in Ireland. The cause of Elizabeth's second letter was again Ireland, this time occasioned by the deaths of two sons. Sir Thomas died on 16 August from a wounded jaw. Sir Henry died following the amputation of his leg, having been wounded at Finniterstown. Lord and Lady Norris received the news of their deaths on the same day. In her letter, Elizabeth informs the Norrises that she has recalled their sole surviving son, Sir Edward, from his governorship of Ostend "because we knowe it wold be some stay to your sorrowes to have hym in your ey." (Shelfmark: MS. e. Mus. 18, fol. 198)

Voices from Rycote: Letter of condolence from Elizabeth I to Henry, 1st Baron Norris of Rycote