An Elizabethan Assassin: Theodore Paleologus: Seducer, Spy and Killer

By John Hall

The first biography of a mercurial personality from the Elizabethan underworld – a seducer, secret agent and murderer
Claiming to be inheritor to the emperors of Byzantium, an unique yet elusive determine named Theodore Paleologus surfaced in mysterious situations within the Elizabethan underworld. this primary biography of a unprecedented personality offers new documentary facts which helps his imperial pretensions—long brushed aside via historians—but additionally exposes him as a seducer, a secret agent, and, so much intriguingly of all, a ruthless murderer within the pay of the depraved Earl of Lincoln. during this impressive account, award-winning writer John corridor plots the true lives of Theodore Paleologus and his 3 sons—from agreement killings to combating within the Civil warfare and pioneering days within the Caribbean slave trade—and units their tale opposed to parallel careers at the wilder shorelines of literature, starting from dainty Regency verses to Magic Realism, besides crime thrillers, tremendous stories of reincarnation, the bloodline of Christ, and a declare to the throne of England.

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So the Clintons have been state lords for so long as Theodore’s ancestors have been emperors. Edward Clinton, the 1st earl, used to be the ne plus extremely of Tudor toadies, appearing the awesome feat of discovering favour with each monarch from Henry VIII to Elizabeth. Then often called Lord Clinton, he secured his position in Henry’s solid books by way of marrying Bessie Blount, the king’s discarded mistress. the second one earl was once no longer the son of Bessie, even though, yet of the second one of his father’s 3 better halves. As a favorite of the king Edward Clinton profited highly from the dissolution of the monasteries with the provide of 2 monastic homes in Lincolnshire and a 3rd in Kent, besides a number of manors and different land holdings; he benefited additionally from the confiscated estates of much less canny nobles who fell foul of the unpredictable Henry. In previous years the 1st earl had secured his inheritor vital posts similar to vice-admiral of Lincolnshire. In 1559 he in short represented the Cornish pocket borough of Launceston and in 1571 secured a Lincolnshire seat. yet in parliament as in other places he miserably didn't distinguish himself. the only list of his attendance in the home of Commons is predictably self-centred, to press a declare of privilege of rank following the arrest of 1 of his henchmen. The grander courtroom appointments dried up as his psychological instability turned transparent, although he controlled to hold to his put up as one of many county’s commissioners of sewers. Even during this innocuous-sounding position he aroused deep resentment, sparking proceedings to the Privy Council for gross overcharging for upkeep to the drainage method and different deceptions. In 1585, presently earlier than succeeding to his father’s identify, he had became on his stepmother, the 3rd spouse of the 1st earl, accusing her of poisoning the queen’s brain opposed to him. In a hysterical letter to Burghley, he claimed his personal spouse used to be in league with the countess ‘to blow innumerable slaunders into her hyghnes eares’. 18 This spouse, Catherine Hastings, was once now not lengthy for this global. The date and reason behind Catherine’s loss of life stay vague yet just one 12 months later the hot peer used to be already terrorising his unlucky spouse quantity . yet he used to be a belted earl, and in Elizabethan England an earl received away with nearly whatever. In all, the Privy Council will be inundated with lawsuits via or opposed to Lord Lincoln for good over thirty years, and legislation matches with out quantity bore his identify as both plaintiff or defendant. in lots of of those activities he referred to as himself Henry Fiennes rather than Clinton, in pursuit of a declare to a name belonging to that identify, even if a Clinton forebear had renounced all rights to the Fiennes peerage as in the past as 1448. It used to be this unhinged and hugely risky person who welcomed Theodore Paleologus to Tattershall citadel someday in 1599, while his crimes opposed to kinfolk, neighbours, servants and tenants have been approximately to scale new heights. For the earl, recruiting a henchman of the Italian’s sinister recognition essentially had sights over and above his abilities as a horseman.

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