The Birmingham family lose their manor

This document shows Henry VIII taking the manor of Birmingham from the Birmingham family in lieu of debts owed to him and in consideration of felonies committed by Edward Birmingham. The felony charge may have been trumped up, since Edward's neighbour and rival Lord Dudley brought the initial charge to the attention of Cardinal Wolsey. From this position of weakness, Edward Birmingham did very badly in his deal with the king. In exchange for his land, Edward is pardoned and he and his wife are allowed by 'the king's highness of his blessed disposition and benign goodness' only £20 a year in rents from their former land. By the time of his release, Edward had spent 180 weeks as a prisoner in the Tower of London.
Catalogue reference: C 65/146, no. 23 (on or after 8 June 1536)

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