Name: Reverend Richard Thomas Edwards
Birth: 25 MAR 1525 in North Petherton, Somersetshire, England
Death: 31 OCT 1566 in St. Faith Parish, London, England
King Henry VIII & Mistress Agnes Blewitt.
The story says Henry VIII is known to have had 6 wives and several mistresses during his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. One mistress is said to been Agnes Blewitt. King Henry the VIII is said to have fathered a son with her, whom was born after her marriage to William Edwards.
She and William named the son Richard Edwards. Agnes and William Edwards lived adjacent to the King's Hunting lodge in Somerset, England. The Edwards had other children with birth and baptism records stating William and Agnes as the parents, but there is no records for Richard. Richard was afforded many favorable opportunities as a young man, including a post at Christ Church College in Oxford.
King Henry VIII probably didn't acknowledge Richard as his son possibly because of how poor and low-class Agnes was. But, Richard's education was paid for, most likely by Henry, because the Edwardes family wouldn't have been able to afford it. As well, Agnes was able to display the Tudor rose on her coat of arms.
It is believed Richard took the last name Edwardes out of shame.
Finally, he was included in the inner circle of the royal family, both during the lifetime and after the death of Henry VIII. This was the pattern of favoritism shown other known bastard children of Henry VIII. A book on the subject was written in 1992 by David Dean Edwards called 'Edward's Legacy'.
Richard Edwards was educated at Oxford, receiving both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree. He considered the law as a career, entering Lincoln's Inn Field, but never took up the practice. Instead he became master of the children at the Chapel Royal, where he created musical dramas that the children's choir could perform. The composition, 'Palamon and Arcite' was written for the Queen, and was performed at Oxford. The Queen was impressed with the piece, and intended to bestow a gift on Edwards, but he died soon after the performance.
Little more is known of Edwards' life. Edwards' importance as a playwright is that he instigated the basing of the English tragedy on the Latin classical model. His plays were classical in subject, but were set in a contemporary world. The only play of his that is still in existence is 'Damon and Pithias' (1571).
Father: King Henry VIII of England b: 28 JUN 1491 in Greenwich Palace, Greenwich, Kent, England
Mother: Agness Beaupenny Blewett b: 1509 in Holcombe Rogus, Devonshire, England
Helen Griffith b: ABT 1535 in London, London, England
- Richard B. Edwards b: 22 NOV 1566 in North Petherton, Somersetshire, England
Margaret Babb b: ABT 1526