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Account of the funeral of Lord Williams of Thame

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Account of the funeral of Lord Williams of Thame

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Date
1559
Medium
Manuscript

John, Baron Williams of Thame, died at Ludlow Castle on 14 October 1559 whilst serving as Lord President of the Council of the Marches of Wales. This manuscript records the transportation of his body to Rycote and his elaborate funeral at Thame Church. Lord Williams's body arrived at Rycote on 28 October "wher myddest of the great chamber he was Layd & theron A Large pawle of Black velvett cont 24 yardes with a crose of white satte[n] of viii yardes Lyned with black boukeram garnyshed with scossins of sarsenett of him & his wiffes." His body remained in the great chamber at Rycote until the evening of 14 November when it was conveyed to the house of William Dormer in Thame. The funeral was held the following day in Thame Church which had been adorned with heraldic banners and funerary honours. Lord Williams was buried in the middle of the chancel in a fine tomb bearing his effigy and that of his first wife Elizabeth.

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