The Tollemaches of Helmingham Hall in 1588
with Moira Coleman
at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
|10.00||Coffee on arrival|
|10.15||Life before the threat: In 1580, young Lionel Tollemache, ‘Esquyer’, married Catherine Cromwell, daughter of Henry, 2nd Lord Cromwell and gt-granddaughter of Thomas Cromwell. We use household and administrative records to see what challenges faced this newly-married couple between 1580 and 1588.|
|11.45||Preparing for war: Lionel Tollemache was one of the many thousands of men called to stand ready for action at Tilbury Camp in the summer of 1588. With this in mind, we focus on national preparations and compare the expectations of the state with the evidence of one man’s preparations at Helmingham, from his Armoury to his Wardrobe.|
|14:00||On the home front: With both their husbands on active service, the Tollemache women, Catherine and her mother-in-law, Lady Susan Spring, were holding the reins in Suffolk. We look at the motivational contribution of Lady Susan, at the subtle shift in household life at Helmingham Hall, and at Catherine’s library and wider activities.|
|15:15||With war behind them: We trace the rise in status of the Tollemache family into the next generation and ask, finally, what impact the events of 1588 had on their changing fortunes.|
Moira Coleman is an Open University honours graduate and author of Fruitful Endeavours: the sixteenth-century household secrets of Catherine Tollemache (2012). Now retired from a long career in adult education with the WEA, she continues her research into the Tollemache Family Archive, sharing the results through study days and presentations to special-interest groups.
Coleman, Moira, Fruitful Endeavours: the 16th-century household secrets of Catherine Tollemache at Helmingham Hall (2012). See also www.fruitfulendeavours.co.uk
MacCulloch, D., Suffolk and the Tudors: politics and religion in an English county 1500-1600 (1986). A scholarly insight into the powerful gentry families of Suffolk.
Sim, Alison, The Tudor Housewife (2005). An introduction to the everyday lives of women in 16th-century society.
Tollemache, Maj.-Gen. E.D.H., The Tollemaches of Helmingham and Ham (1949). Available also as a print-on-demand facsimile version.
The History of the Spanish armada, which had been preparing three years... (1759) - a facsimile ‘print on demand’ edition is offered by the ECCO [18th -Century Collections Online] History and Geography series and provides an accessible summary of the state papers.
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