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Re: Who knighted Anthony?
Posted by: Sir Babbington (ID *****9291) Date: June 06, 2002 at 10:31:48
In Reply to: Re: Who knighted Anthony? by Caprice Bavington of 184

The Babington (or Babbington) family were certainly NOT exiled from England - I don't know where you got that information from, but it simply isn't true. What is true is that they weren't popular at court, (no surprise really!) but had MANY friends elsewhere in England, notably those amongst the very strong recusant families (practising Roman Catholics), many of whom were also very rich and influential. The Babington estates were seized by the crown - the normal practice following the conviction of traitors - and dispersed amongst several 'loyal' friends of Queen Elizabeth, but not until after Anthony had managed to divest himself of some of them to his 2 brothers, anticipating discovery, capture (and imminent death!). You should know that the Babington family were very wealthy by 16th century standards, having amassed great estates by virtue of their legal skills over 200 years (nothing changes) and effective marriages (ditto). Anthony, realising the problems he'd brought upon his family by his devotion to Mary, and his naivety in his contact and conduct with Walsingham and the English Secret Service, was at least smart enough not to also bankrupt his kin - a lawyer to the end. I'd be very interested to know the source of your statement that he was not a 'Sir' . . . . ?


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