Mar. 24th, 2016

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Died on this day in 1620 aged 58 Katherine Cromwell (my toy,wikipedia). Grand-daughter of Elizabeth Seymour, sister of Jane, wife of Henry VIII. Jane Seymour's husband Gregory Cromwell was the son of the Thomas Cromwell who stars in Wolf Hall. Katherine married Lionel Tollemache of Helmingham and wrote lots of interesting things down which have been collected into this book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fruitful-Endeavours-16th-Century-Tollemache-Helmingham/dp/1860777341 (I think she's the right Catherine Tollemache anyway). Fascinating book, I wonder where my copy is. Incidentally Oliver Cromwell is not a descendant of Thomas, but of his sister Katherine whose children adopted the Cromwell name.

Born on this day in 1621 Prince John VI of Anhalt-Zerbst (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand father of Augusta, mother of George III (her husband, Frederick, was Prince of Wales, but died before George II did). He was a member of the Fruitbearing Society (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruitbearing_Society) which had the aim of standardising German.

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