Correspondence of Arthur Plantagenet, Lord Lisle, the acknowledged illegitimate son of Edward IV, and of Lisle's second wife, Honor Grenville, previously the wife of Sir John Bassett. The circa 3,000 papers, mostly out-letters of a private nature, date from the time when Lisle was resident in Calais (then English), acting as Henry VIII's Lord Deputy there.
Lord and Lady Lisle corresponded with a wide range of family, family retainers and servants, and political and social acquaintances at court and in the counties. Their main correspondent was John Husee, Lisle's agent and secretary, based in London, whose letters are full of valuable political detail.
The papers were confiscated when Lisle was arrested on suspicion of treason in 1540.
A considerable number of the letters strayed at some time out of the series into SP 1
, Arthur Plantagenet, Viscount Lisle, 1480-1542
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