Anna Maria Talbot (Brudenell)

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Anna Maria Talbot (Brudenell)

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death: April 20, 1702 (60)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Brudenell, 2nd Earl of Cardigan and Anne Brudenell
Wife of Francis Talbot, 11th Earl of Shrewsbury and George Rodney Bridges
Partner of George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
Mother of Charles Talbot, 1st and last Duke of Shrewsbury and A son Villiers, "Earl of Cambridge"
Sister of Dorothy Constable; Catherine Middleton and Francis Brudenell, Lord Brudenell
Half sister of Mary Hay

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About Anna Maria Talbot (Brudenell),_Countess_of_Shrewsbury

Anna Maria Talbot (née Anna Maria Brudenell) (25 March 1642 – 20 April 1702) was Countess of Shrewsbury from 1659 to 1668, by virtue of her marriage to Francis Talbot, 11th Earl of Shrewsbury.


Born on 25 March 1642, she was the eldest daughter of Robert Brudenell, who succeeded to the earldom of Cardigan as the second earl in 1663. Her mother was Anne Savage, the earl's second wife. Her brother was Francis Brudenell, Lord Brudenell whose daughter was Lady Frances Brudenell - later noted in Dublin for her bisexuality.

Anna Maria married Francis Talbot, the Earl of Shrewsbury on 10 January 1659, and they had one son, Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury born on 24 July 1660.

In 1667, the countess embarked on an affair with George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, and the earl challenged Villiers to a duel. The countess is said to have been present, disguised as a boy, and to have held the duke's horse. Her husband died of the injuries inflicted on him in the duel which was fought with swords at Barn Elms on 16 January 1668, and was commented upon by Samuel Pepys in his diary the next day. The sovereign, King Charles II strongly disapproved of duelling within his realm and the duke temporarily fell out of royal favour as a result.

For a time, the Duke of Buckingham kept Anna Maria as his mistress in his family home where his wife, Mary also resided. She gave birth to his illegitimate son and created a scandal at court by having the boy baptised in Westminster Abbey. Their affair was finally broken off in 1673. The countess went to France and spent some time in a convent.

Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury later returned to Britain and re-married in 1677 George Rodney Brydges (aft.1649-1714) MP for Haslemere 1690-1698 and Winchester 1700-1714 Her second husband was a younger but 2nd surviving son of Sir Thomas Bridges (d. 1707) of Keynsham, Somerset by his wife Anne Rodney, daughter and coheiress of Sir Edward Rodney MP of Stoke Rodney, Somerset. Frim 1678 to 1685, he served as Groom of the Bedchamber, thanks to his wife buying him a place. The former Countess and George Rodney Brydges had one son George Brydges (1678-1751) also an MP, who died childless.

The former countess continued to be a famous beauty. Her portrait was painted by Sir Peter Lely and is held by the National Portrait Gallery in London. The folk dance, "Anna Maria", is thought to have been named after her.

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Anna Maria Talbot (Brudenell)'s Timeline

March 25, 1642
Paris, Île-de-France, France
July 24, 1660
Age 18
April 20, 1702
Age 60
April 24, 1702
Age 60