Being the son of Henry and Anne Wyatt, Sir Thomas Wyatt was born at Allington Castle in Kent in 1503. At the age of 17 he named the daughter of Lord Cabham. Wyatt attended St. John’s College, University of Cambridge in 1515. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1518. He later received his Master of Arts degree in 1522. His early marriage to Elizabeth Brooke who was the daughter of Lord Cabham proved to be unhappy. The marriage ended in 1526, with Wyatt’s repudiation of his wife on the ground of adultery. After she had his two children, Thomas and Bess, Wyatt separated from his wife. They were not reconciled or divorced until 1541.
Sir Thomas Wyatt also carried out several foreign missions. Most of the foreign missions Wyatt carried were for King Henry VIII. In 1525 Wyatt participated in the Christmas tournament at Greenwich before King Henry VIII. This was the beginning of Wyatt’s diplomatic carrier. Later in 1526 he accompanied Sir Thomas Chaney on a diplomatic mission to France. Wyatt returned home in May or June of 1527. Also in 1527 Wyatt accompanied Sir John Russell to
Venice and the papal court in Rome. The following New Year he presented a tribute to Queen Katharine his translation of the De tranquil...
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