Monday, August 08, 2011

Question from Mary R - Use of maiden names

Did noblewomen during the Tudor period customarily keep their maiden names? For example: Margaret Beaufort is never called Margaret Tudor or Margaret Stanley. Lady Jane Grey is never referred to as Lady Jane Dudley. At first, I thought it might have been due to historians seeking clarification; but a portrait of Katherine Parr (artist unknown) shows her with the name Katharine Parre picked out in gold. This portrait does not look to be that of a young girl, which Katherine certainly was when she married for the first time. Any thoughts on this ?

[Related thread linked below. - Lara]


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Lara, for finding that thread. While I have read a lot of previous postings, I didn't go back to 2004. My apologies.

Mary R said...

Thanks, Lara, for that thread! While I have read many of the previous Q&As, I have not gone back as far as 2004. My apologies; I will do this before posting more questions!