Jane Whorwood: The King’s Smuggler
The recent reattribution to Jane of substantial known letters to her brother-in-law William Hamilton, Earl of Lanark, and a review of existing evidence by the author reveals the crucial part she played in supporting Charles I. She smuggled gold to the king at Oxford and established networks between Charles and royalists in the shires and in the two capitals, London and Edinburgh; she also organised several royal escape attempts. Between April and December 1648, holed up on the Isle ofWight, the king noted 33 letters he had written to Jane and 18 from her to him. Of these, the only ones to survive are two of his to her and one of hers to him through a third party.
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