Helen Poole: Sir John Gage of Firle and the Tudor Court
Life in the Tudor court gave great opportunities for advancement and equal chances for disgrace. One man who survived and prospered, despite setbacks and staying loyal to the Catholic faith, was Sir John Gage (1479-1556).
Starting as a junior member of the household of Henry VII, he was a capable administrator who was knighted in 1525, succeeded to some of Thomas Cromwell’s roles after his fall and became a Knight of the Garter in 1541. He served Henry VIII as Comptroller of the Household, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Constable of the Tower of London and Queen Mary as Lord Chamberlain.
He was an MP for Sussex for many years, and influential in the choice of Lewes MPs. He used some of his accumulated wealth to build an imposing house in West Firle that still survives, much modified, as the Gages’ home nearly 500 years later.
This talk looks at his achievements and the problems that he faced at the Tudor court.
Helen Poole is a curator and speaker, and previously Director of Lewes Castle and Museums.
Sir John Gage
Entry to this talk is free to LHG members, and £4 for non-members, payable at the door.
Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)
See the Talks page for a list of forthcoming monthly events organised by the Lewes History Group.