Henry Norris (courtier)

Henry Norris (Courtier)

Henry Norris (courtier)

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Sir Henry Norris (c. 1482 – May 17, 1536) was a groom of the stool in the privy chamber of King Henry VIII. While a close servant of the King he also supported the faction in court led by Queen Anne Boleyn, and when Anne fell out of favour he was among those accused of adultery with her. He was found guilty of treason and executed. Most historical authorities argue that the accusations were untrue and part of a plot to get rid of Anne.


Many references say that Henry was the second son of Sir Edward Norris of Yattendon Castle in Berkshire, by his wife Frideswide, daughter of John Lovel, 8th Lord Lovel. Some of these also say that Edward Norris died in 1487. So the birth date of 1482 for Henry would be consistent with this. However, Eric Ives (2004), says that Henry was younger, born in the 1490s, and says that he was apparently the second son of Richard Norris. Richard was Edward's younger brother, but according to the Heralds' Visitations of Berkshire (1664/6), he was the father of only a single daughter, Anne. This is consistent with the descent of his manor of Great Shefford which she inherited around 1522, prior to Henry’s execution in 1536. Had he been Richard’s son and not Sir Edward’s, he would have inherited the manor. Therefore it is likely, in this instance, that Ives is incorrect.

Whichever version is correct, all sources agree that Henry's grandfather, Sir William Norris, had taken part in the Battle of Stoke in 1487 at the conclusion of...
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