Elizabeth Malet

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About Elizabeth Malet

In 1450, the Bishop at Exeter issued a license for a marriage to be celebrated in the private chapel of Powderham Castle between James Luttrell and Elizabeth daughter of Sir Phillip Courtenay, his late guardian. A large part of the Luttrell estate was settled on her in jointure, some two years later.

In the proceedings of 1475, Lady Luttrell is described as a widow. She had, in point of fact, had two husbands. Sir James Luttrell had, as we have seen, been mortally wounded at the second battle of St. Albans and attainted.

After his death, she had married his cousin, Sir Humphrey Touchet, brother of Lord Audley, but he in turn was taken prisoner at the battle of Tewkesbury and beheaded. Even in those distracted times of civil war, there could not have been many widows who had, within eleven years, lost two husbands fighting on behalf of the unfortunate House of Lancaster.

She eventually married a third husband, Thomas Mallet of Enmore in Somerset, but, according to common medieval custom, she retained the surname of Luttrell until her death in the reign of Henry VII. It was under that name that she, in 1476, stood godmother to Richard, the short-lived son of her patron, George, Duke of Clarence. Her feelings at the christening must have been mixed, for it was performed at Tewkesbury, the very place where her late husband had lost his head.

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Elizabeth Malet's Timeline

1430
1430
Powderham, Devon, England
1450
January 13, 1450
Age 20
Powderham, Devon, England
1452
1452
Age 22
1456
1456
Age 26
Dunster, Somerset, England
1457
1457
Age 27
Swaffham, Norfolk, England
1457
Age 27
1458
1458
Age 28
1472
1472
Age 42
Haleigh, Staffordshire, England
1493
September 1, 1493
Age 63
England
1493
Age 63
Probably Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland