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Richard Edwards – Henry VIII’s illegitimate son?

In today's Claire Chats I look at Richard Edwards: who he was and how he has become linked to Henry VIII.


  • “Edwards, Richard (1525–1566),” John R. Elliott, jun. in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, eee online ed., ed. Lawrence Goldman, Oxford: OUP, 2004, http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/8552 (accessed January 19, 2016).
  • ed. King, Rosalind (2009) The works of Richard Edwards: Politics, poetry and performance in sixteenth century England, Manchester University Press.
  • Cousin, John William, 1849-1910, A short biographical dictionary of English literature, p. 128.
  • Hart, Kelly (2009) The Mistresses of Henry VIII, The History Press, p.77-79.
  • Jones, Philippa (2009) The Other Tudors, New Holland, p. 300-302.
  • "Question from Shannon - Another illegit. son of Henry VIII" on TudorHistory.org and answer from “Halsangels” at http://queryblog.tudorhistory.org/2006/04/question-from-shannon-another-illegit.html

The book on the Edwards family in which the family legend is written of is The Edwardes Legacy by David Dean Edwards, Gateway Press, Baltimore, 1992.

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Richard Edwards – Henry VIII’s illegitimate son?