Anglo-French Relations The Cloak of Secrecy A personal voyage of detection

George Kendall, Spy and a founder of Jamestown, Virginia

Thomas Jennings was I guess, a cousin of the above Joan, married to George Kendall. I quote in full a ciphered letter endorsed by William Cecil and dated 18 June 1572 from Brussels:

‘T. Jennings to the Countess of Northumberland (Jane Dudley). Your letter of June 8 came at the arrival of the English gentlemen who will be grateful for your courtesy, especially the Nevills. I have pawned my credit for their apparel, diet and money……; their coming so soon may hurt the cause. They came away before we received resolution of general support….is discontent with the hasty publishing the interdiction in England, done without advice from any on this side, for the Louvainists clear themselves. It has prejudiced some things and caused The Queen to begin her inquisition, and lay hands to the sword, whereby all our friends are in extreme danger. We have no resolution of general support. The nobility of……have not sent their requests and assurances. I have not moved any of…. Yet lest it may prejudice the general suit, but as they delay, I will move earnestly for money. I hope soon to receive good news by Peter Cyrce.’

The letter itself is interesting and prescient. The Queen referred to is Catherine de Medici. The St Bartholemew’s day massacre started two months later on 23 August. The names and connections are also interesting, and if the George Kendall marriage and the individuals involved with the properties and correspondence are an indication, then George Kendall had, if not court connections, at least government connections. What George’s activity was, I have not discovered.

So we have identified George Kendall who was alive in 1558 and married to Joan Jennings, and a son Henry who also alive at that time.

Henry Hastings (Earl of Huntingdon) had married Catherine Dudley on the day of the triple marriage in 1553. His mother was Margaret, Countess of Salisbury’s daughter, Catherine Pole, which made him a contender for the contested throne. He kept his head and, as he was strongly protestant he received a number of important appointments from Elizabeth’s government.



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