Um, actually no – and I corrected this in a later post (which you can read here). But I left this up because Charles Brandon is a Tudor figure whose tombstone famously gets his death wrong: the stone states it happened two days later on August 24th A similar typo plagued John Seymour, whose tombstone has him dying in 1536 rather than 1535.
So, you’re probably asking yourself, how did this happen, not once but twice? (Or maybe I’m just projecting). John Seymour was an easy one: all his children were dead when his grandson built the tomb, so there was no one to proofread properly. And it turns out this also explains Brandon’s typo as well: a new stone was laid above his tomb in Windsor Castle in 1787, again well after the lifetimes of those who actually knew him.
I find it a fascinating illustration of how truths can get distorted over time and change our understanding of history. For Charles Brandon, the difference of two days makes little difference. For John Seymour, the year is much more significant – since it means that he died shortly after hosting the court’s progress at Wolf Hall and did not live to see his daughter Jane become queen. It is the one glaring error (knock wood, anyway!) in my Jane the Quene – which portrays their relationship as somewhat strained to explain why he was not at any of the celebrations surrounding her wedding…
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