George Brooke, 9th Baron Cobham

George Brooke, 9th Baron Cobham

George Brooke, 9th Baron Cobham

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George Brooke, 9th Baron Cobham (c. 1497-29 September 1558) was an aristocrat during the early Tudor dynasty in England. A soldier and magnate, he participated in the English wars of his days and in the political turmoil following the death of Henry VIII.

Brooke was the oldest surviving son of Thomas Brooke, 8th Baron Cobham, and Dorothy Haydon. As a teenager, he accompanied his father to the marriage of Henry VIII's sister, Princess Mary, to Louis XII of France. He returned to France during the 1520s, fighting with some distinction around Calais. At home in Kent, he fulfilled his feudal duties, serving as justice of the peace for the county. In 1544, he occupied a high position in the English army that invaded Scotland; later that year, he was appointed commanding officer of English-controlled Calais. He was made a Knight of the Garter on 24 April 1549.

Brooke's family were dogged by scandal. His sister, Elizabeth Brooke was married to Sir Thomas Wyatt but lived openly in adultery with another man. She allegedly attracted the attention of Henry VIII in 1542, and the Imperial ambassador thought that if she tried, she could become Henry's sixth wife. Brooke's daughter, Elisabeth Brooke, Marchioness of Northampton was also prone to scandal. She lived with William Parr, 1st Marquess of Northampton, from 1543, as he was separated from his adulterous wife, Anne Bourchier. They eventually married...
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