Philippa Bassett: Birth: 1516.
Katherine Bassett: Birth: 1517.
John Bassett: Birth: 1518.
Mary Bassett: Birth: 1523.
George Bassett: Birth: 1524.
James Bassett: Birth: 1526.
Note: Honor was one of the ladies that attended Anne Boleyn when she travelled to Calais with Henry VIII in 1532. Honor permanently moved to Calais with her second husband in 1533 when he was appointed Lord Deputy of Calais. They lived in Calais until 1540. Her daughter, Anne Bassett, was reputedly a mistress of Henry VIII. Honor is notable for her surviving letters showing 16th century court life, published as the Lisle Letters. Honor was much younger than her second husband, despite also great differences in their characters which are revealed in their letters, there is no doubt that their marriage was an extremely happy one. Honor appears to have been prone to emotional instability; in 1537 she experienced a phantom pregnancy, and after Arthur's death she apparently went out of her mind - although the circumstances of his death probably had a lot to do with this. She was more hardheaded than Arthur, more outspoken, shrewder in business matters and always eager to win influential friends. Summed up as being both formidable and highly-strung. Honor also had strong views on religion, and in strife-torn England in the 1530s, these were a dangerous liability. In 1540 Arthur was relieved of his post in Calais and recalled to England, early in May he attended a ceremony at Windsor and later the same month attended the royal court at Greenwich. There were rumours that he was going to be made an Earl but on 19 May he was arrested on a charge of treason and committed to the Tower. The King's officials moved quickly with treason involved and the following day Honor and 2 of her daughters were arrested in Calais. Honor was said to be distraught which is hardly surprising. Their house was broken up and searched. Meanwhile Arthur was in the Tower, confined to one small chamber which was very narrow. Rumours abounded that he would be executed but as time passed, his position seemed to become more hopeful. Surely not even the ever-suspicious Henry could believe that his kindly, doddering uncle might have master minded a plan to betray Calais to the king's enemies. More importantly, there was no evidence on which to convict Arthur. Arthur and Honor remained in prison for almost two years. Most of this time Arthur was in solitary confinement. In the spring of 1541 Henry VIII stated his intention to empty the Tower of all its prisoners by the end of the summer - meaning either they would be released or executed. There followed many executions including 67 year old Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, Arthur's cousin, Leonard Grey was executed on 28 June. Still Arthur remained. In June 1542 Arthur was moved from solitary confinement and allowed to walk on the walls of the Tower. Yet Henry was buusy with other matters, his 5th wife, Katherine Howard, was found guilty of adultery with a member of the king's household, Thomas Culpeper and on 13 February 1542 she was executed. Four days later Arthur caught a glimpse of Henry being rowed down the Thames from Westminster to Greenwich, passing the Tower, his first sighting of his nephew for almost 2 years. It is said that he called from the Tower for mercy and release from prison. The king must have taken heed as he sent a secrtary to the Tower to say he had given him his freedom and would be pardoned and released and he would get back his possessions and offices. But Arthur never did leave the Tower, when he was brought the news, Arthur became so excited that he promptly collapsed from a heart attack and two days later on 3 March, having never left the Tower, he died. One can only imagine the distress of Honor who had been informed her husband was to be released a few days before. In the end for Arthur and Honor tragedy dominated all. If Henry VIII was suspicious of all men, Arthur appears to have suspected no man. The enduring memory of the Lisle letters is of happiness found by two people, on approaching middle age , the other well past it, in what was for both of them a second marriage, and of the pitiful destruction of that happiness in the cynical times of Tudor politics
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