‘Catholic Prisoners in the Bishop’s Palace at Ely’ Talk

Sir Thomas Tresham, who was imprisoned in the Palace at Ely at various times between 1588 and 1597

This morning I delivered a talk to the Ely and District branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) on the Catholic prisoners in the Bishop’s Palace at Ely. This followed on from a previous U3A talk on the history of the Bishop’s Palace, in which I noted that a separate talk would be required to explain the story of the Catholic prisoners. Since then my article on the subject has appeared in Recusant History/British Catholic History, so I was able to give a great deal more detail on the most famous of the prisoners: Sir Thomas Tresham, Edward Throckmorton, George Cotton and William Catesby.

The full text of my talk is available to read here.

3 replies on “‘Catholic Prisoners in the Bishop’s Palace at Ely’ Talk”

This is a research question from an art historian. The portrait shown here is not of Sir Thomas Tresham. I am researching this at the moment and would like to find the source of this image.

I’m afraid I don’t know the origin of the picture; I presumed it was a copy of the painting of Sir Thomas Tresham owned by the Duke of Buccleuch

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