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Old 15-11-2012, 02:57 AM   #149
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Bleeding Heart Yard is a cobbled courtyard off Greville Street in the Farringdon area of the City of London. The courtyard is probably named after a 16th century inn sign dating back to the Reformation that was displayed on a pub called the Bleeding Heart in nearby Charles Street. The sign showed the heart of the Virgin Mary pierced by five swords...
[It was] a place much changed in feature and in fortune, yet with some relish of ancient greatness about it. Two or three mighty stacks of chimneys, and a few large dark rooms which had escaped being walled and subdivided out of the recognition of their old proportions, gave the Yard a character. It was inhabited by poor people, who set up their rest among its faded glories, as Arabs of the desert pitch their tents among the fallen stones of the Pyramids; but there was a family sentimental feeling prevalent in the Yard, that it had a character.
In one of the stories, The House-Warming: A Legend Of Bleeding-Heart Yard, Lady Hatton, wife of Sir Christopher Hatton, makes a pact with the devil to secure wealth, position, and a mansion in Holborn. During the housewarming of the mansion, the devil dances with her, then tears out her heart, which is found, still beating, in the courtyard the next morning. It is from this legend, together with a case of mistaken identity, that the myth of Lady Elizabeth Hatton's murder — wife, not of Christopher, but of William Hatton — was born.
Elizabeth Hatton was the fourth daughter of Thomas Cecil (1542-1623), 1st Earl of Exeter, and his wife, Dorothy Neville (1548-1609), the daughter of John Neville (b. 1493, d. 2 March 1543), 3rd Baron Latimer, and his first wife, Dorothy de Vere (d. 7 February 1527), sister and co-heir of John de Vere (1499-1526), 14th Earl of Oxford
She was murdered in 1626, with her body being found on the morning of 27 January...The legend itself is a version of a tale published as one of the Ingoldsby Legends by Richard Barham.

There was an illegitimate daughter of Sir Christopher Hatton named Elizabeth. She had an illegitimate daughter (also named Elizabeth) by Sir John Perrot (who may have been an illegitimate son of Henry VIII)...

In the early 1590s Elizabeth married Sir William Newport alias Hatton (1560-1597).After the death of William Hatton on 12 March 1597, and after a failed wooing by Sir Francis Bacon, on 6 November 1598 Elizabeth Hatton married Sir Edward Coke...

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