September Newsletter - Magna Carta Project

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September 2020 Newsletter ~ Magna Carta Project
Welcome New Members
Profile of the Month: Matthew Arundell
Project Pages of the Month
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Welcome New Members

Cynthia Shields, Barbara (Pearsall) Davis, Amy Hamilton, Veronica (Gilbert) Newsom, and Philip Swift joined as Affiliate members. Welcome y'all!

Profile of the Month: Matthew Arundell

Poor Matthew Arundell had more than his share of problems caused by relations. For a start, his father Thomas was beheaded in December 1552 for his alleged part in a plot to kill John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, the effective head of the government of Edward VI. Thomas protested his innocence, to no avail. His lands were confiscated. Most were restored to Matthew shortly after the accession of Mary I, but Matthew had to wait until 1570 to recover Wardour Castle in Wiltshire, and then he had to pay for it.

In 1559 he married Margaret Willoughby, whose mother, Anne Grey, was aunt of Jane Grey. Jane was the 9 days' queen, who, against her judgement, was persuaded to declare herself monarch after the death of Edward VI in 1553, and who was herself beheaded. Margaret's father had been killed by rebels in 1548, and Margaret had gone to live with her Grey relatives. Late 1553 and 1554 were difficult for the Greys but Margaret went to Mary I's court in 1555 and in 1556 was sent to join the household of the future Elizabeth I, possibly partly as a spy for the government of Mary I. In the longer run, the Grey connection, and her time in Elizabeth's household, seem to have done Margaret no harm: after Elizabeth I became Queen, Margaret became a gentlewoman of her bedchamber.

In 1565 Mary Grey, Lady Jane Grey's sister and Margaret Willoughby's cousin, clandestinely married Thomas Keyes. Elizabeth I, furious, had Thomas Keyes imprisoned, and placed Mary in a period of house arrest. Margaret Willoughby was present at the marriage, and doubtless faced the Queen's displeasure.

Matthew Arundell seems to have managed to distance himself from this. He was given various administrative posts in Dorset, and was knighted in 1574. But then came the period of Catholic plots against Elizabeth I. Matthew's brother Charles was an ardent Catholic and came under intense suspicion at the start of the 1580s. Matthew's older son Thomas, another firm Catholic, was imprisoned. Matthew himself was summoned for questioning in 1583, in the belief that, if he was not personally involved in any plots, he might have some knowledge of them. He was cleared of suspicion.

Then came the 1590s. Fighting with the Holy Roman Emperor's forces, Matthew's son Thomas captured one of the Turkish standards. The Emperor made him an Imperial Count. Elizabeth I was not amused. She declared, "I would not have a sheep branded with another man's mark." Thomas, also suspected of Catholic plotting, was imprisoned again. In 1597 Matthew was asked to take his son and daughter-in-law into his house, and be responsible for their good behaviour. Matthew objected strongly, begging that he "be not made answerable for either of them, but only for my own acts." Of his daughter-in-law he said that he had received "too many indignities to write of; so much so that I have protested I will never live in one house with her during my life-time." Matthew's pleas were ignored and he was forced to house them. He died soon after, in December 1598, but the final year or so of his life was probably not a period of domestic tranquillity.

Project Pages of the Month: Indices

Here an index, there an index... Having trouble finding a project page? WikiTree has a built-in index for every project (if it's used) - the project's category page. For the Magna Carta Project, that would be Category: Magna Carta Project. Because the project was created in 2014 and has LOADS of Project pages, we're going through them all and categorizing them to Current Pages and Legacy Pages. The main Project category includes pages we have not yet reviewed and the profiles of badged Project members (the only "people profiles" allowed on this top-level category; for Affiliate members, see Category:Magna Carta Project Affiliates). While you can see when the last edit for any space page was by checking the Changes tab, on most Magna Carta Project pages (space or category) that are in the Current or Legacy pages category, you can tell when it was last reviewed also (check at the bottom of a Current page & the top of a Legacy page). For a fairly comprehensive list of pages related to the Magna Carta Project and their status, see the AM Team's Tracking Table here.

Other Magna Carta Project Indices:

Did you know? ...

Magna Carta Project's lead co-leader, Michael Cayley, is now also a co-leader of the new Medieval Project. Check out the G2G announcement. Did you know that he was also leader of the Religious Society of Friends Project (aka the Quakers Project)?

The Scotland Project has a subproject for signatories of the Declaration of Arbroath. Read more about the declaration here. If you're working on a trail and see that the person is a signatory, or a monarch of Scotland, please touch base with the Magna Carta Project's Trail Development Team (led by Michael Cayley and Traci Thiessen).

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Another great newsletter! Thank you Liz and Michael!
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