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Introduction

The Life and Times of Elizabeth Oxenbridge Tyrwhit

Elizabeth Oxenbridge was born in the early years of the sixteenth century, probably before 1510, to Sir Goddard Oxenbridge of Brede in Sussex and his second wife, Anne Fiennes. Elizabeth, on becoming queen, may not have been favorably disposed toward Sir Robert and Lady Elizabeth Tyrwhit of Leighton Bromswold, especially given the unhappy circumstances of their encounter in the first few months of 1549. The dissolution of the household at Sudeley and the cessation of their services to the Princess Elizabeth may have left the Tyrwhits temporarily without employment, but they maintained their court connections throughout Edward's reign. In 1577, John Field, the puritan preacher, pamphleteer, and printer, dedicated his translation of Jean de L'Espine's An Excellent Treatise of Christian Righteousnes to Lady Elizabeth Tyrwhit. In 1582, Thomas Bentley included Elizabeth Tyrwhit's Morning and Evening Prayers in his large devotional compilation, The Monument of Matrones?