The Tudor Society

November 29 – Anthony Browne, a man close to the monarchs and who kept his head!

Portrait of Sir Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, by Hans Eworth.

On this day in Tudor history, 29th November 1528, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, was born.

Montagu began his court career with the help of his father in Henry VIII's reign. He was made a Knight of the Bath when Edward VI became king, served as a privy councillor in Queen Mary I's reign and died a natural death in Queen Elizabeth I's reign. Montagu even survived being implicated in a rebellion!

Who was Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, and just how did he manage to not only have an excellent court career, but leave a fortune to his grandson, when he was a Catholic in Elizabeth I's reign?

Find out all about him...

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