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  • Expert answer – Would grooms and ushers be able to visit home?

    Thank you to Wendy for submitting this question. Wendy wrote:

    “Hi I am researching a novel set in 1495. In it my main character and his son are Grooms and Ushers to the King which would be Henry VII. It’s a fictional story and the characters are fictional, but I have some questions:

    How much freedom would they have? For instance is it likely that the King would dismiss them from court to go home at regular intervals? Would they be able to go home if they requested to because they needed to, or would they have certain times they are allowed home? They live in Somerset so I am estimating it will take them a few days to get home and a few more to get back.”

    Historian and historical novelist Toni Mount gave this answer:

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