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Encyclopedia > William Catesby

Sir William Catesby (1450-1485) was a prominent member of the group that supported Richard III of England during his brief reign. He was a member of the Council that ruled during the reign of Edward V, serving as a spy for the Duke of Gloucester (soon to be Richard III). After Richard was enthroned, Catesby served as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and as Speaker of the House of Commons during the Parliament of 1484. He also received a substantial grant of land from the king, enough to make him richer than most knights. Events March - French troops under Guy de Richemont besiege the English commander in France, Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset, in Caen April 15 - Battle of Formigny. ... // Events August 5-7 - First outbreak of sweating sickness in England begins August 22 - Battle of Bosworth Field is fought between the armies of King Richard III of England and rival claimant to the throne of England Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond. ... Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was the King of England from 1483 until his death and the last king from the House of York. ... Edward V (4 November 1470 – 1483?) was an English monarch, although never crowned. ... The Rt. ... In the United Kingdom, the Speaker of the House of Commons is the presiding officer of the Lower House of Parliament, the House of Commons, and is seen historically as the First Commoner of the Land. ...


Catesby married Margaret Scrope, daughter of one of the great barons of northern England, John, Lord Scrope of Bolton (or Masham?). (She was also the half-sister of the wife of Sir Richard Ratcliffe??). Sir Richard Ratcliffe (died 1485) was a close confidant of Richard III of England. ...


He fought for Richard at the Battle of Bosworth Field, and was captured and executed after the battle. The Battle of Bosworth or Bosworth Field was an important battle during the Wars of the Roses in 15th century England. ...



Preceded by:
John Wood
Speaker of the House of Commons
1483–1484
Succeeded by:
Sir Thomas Lovell


In the United Kingdom, the Speaker of the House of Commons is the presiding officer of the Lower House of Parliament, the House of Commons, and is seen historically as the First Commoner of the Land. ...


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Robert's father, Sir William Catesby, was a conscientious adherent to the Catholic faith, a prime supporter of the Jesuit mission and one of the leaders of the catholic cause, for which he suffered greatly.
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Catesby felt that "the nature of the disease required so sharp a remedy", and that the Plot was a morally justifiable act of self-defence against the oppressive rule of a tyrant.
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