The rebus of Thomas Abel. Chaplain to Katherine of Aragon, Abel took the Queen’s side against Henry VIII and refused to change his position when Henry married Anne Boleyn. Imprisoned in 1533, he wrote to Thomas Cromwell in 1537, “I have now been in close prison three years and a quarter come Easter,” and begged “to lie in some house upon the Green.”After five and half years imprisoned at the Tower, Abel was hung, drawn and quartered at Smithfield in 1540.
Cassell's History - "PRIVATE MARRIAGE OF ANNE BOLEYN TO HENRY VIII" - Engraving - 1858
(painting by Pedro Américo) The Princes in the Tower were Edward V of England and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York. The two brothers were the only sons of Edward IV of England. Then 12 and 9 years old, they were lodged in the Tower of London by the man appointed to look after them, the Lord Protector, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. This was supposed to be in preparation for Edward's coronation as king. After Richard took the throne for himself, it is assumed that they were murdered around…
Edward Smalley was the servant of a Member of Parliament who was imprisoned for one month for non-payment of a fine for assault in 1576. Thomas Rooper, 1570, may have been a member of the Roper family into which Thomas More’s daughter married, believed to be enemies of Queen Elizabeth. Edward Cuffyn faced trial in 1568 accused of conspiracy against Elizabeth and passed out his days at the Tower.
Edward, Lord Clinton, by Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1534. Edward Fiennes de Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln. His first wife was Elizabeth Blount, former mistress of Henry VIII, his second, Ursula Stourton, mother of his heir, and Elizabeth Fitzgerald,"the fair Geraldine." He was Lord High Admiral under Edward VI.