Ambrosio (Ambrose) Lupo

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Ambrosio (Ambrose) Lupo

Birthplace: Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Death: Died in London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Baptist de Almaliach
Husband of Lucia Lupo
Father of Peter Lupo and Joseph Lupo

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About Ambrosio (Ambrose) Lupo

Ambrose was the founder of the Lupo family in England, and the first known member of the family to adopt the name Lupo, the Italian word for wolf.

This suggests a connection to the ancient Hebrew tribe of Benjamin (see Gen 49:27).

Ambrose had two sons, Peter (b. ca. 1534) and Joseph (b. ca. 1536), who are found among a list of individuals admitted to the musicians guild in Antwerp, Belgium in 1555 and 1557 respectively.

Joseph, who turns up in British State papers beginning in 1563, was living in Blackfriars, London in 1571, and listed as a Venetian on a return of Strangers dated that year.

Peter was originally employed by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester beginning around 1567, and became a Queen's musician around 1570.

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Ambrosio (Ambrose) Lupo's Timeline

Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Age 29
Milano, Lombardia, Italia
Age 31
May 1540
Age 35

The six viol players arrived in England in May, 1540.
Under suspicion of being "Secret Jews" the musicians were placed under arrest and interrogated — Prior speculates that this could have been done, in part, to help bolster Henry's relations with Spanish authories.
While in captivity, Romano of Milan and John Anthony (alias Anthony Moyses) died. Ambrose, et al. witnessed the will of John Anthony.
The musicians were allowed to quietly leave England until the situation blew over.
Some months later, Ambrose and his colleagues returned, though Albert of Venice was now replaced by Francis of Venice, possibly the son of Albert.

November 1540
Age 35

In November of 1540, six viol players, Alexander, Ambrose and Romano of Milan, Albert and Vincenzo of Venice and Juan Maria of Cremona, received payment for their services to the English crown beginning May of that year. These men had obvious Italian connections, and had been brought to England on orders from Henry VIII, who charged his agent Thomas Cromwell with finding European musicians to help improve the standards of English music of the time. Henry's preoccupation with improving British music may have been influenced more by his impending wedding to Anne of Cleves than by any desire to have a long term impact on the English musical establishment, but while his marriage lasted only a few months, the effect he would have on the music England produced would endure for over a century. Ambrose of Milan — later known as Ambrose Lupo — the longest serving of this original group of six string players, held his position at court for nearly fifty-four years, ending with his death around 1594.

February 10, 1591
Age 86
London, England