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Thomas Howard, 5th Duke of Norfolk

Thomas Howard
Duke of Norfolk
Born9 March 1627
Died13 December 1677 (1677-12-14) (aged 50)
Noble familyHoward
FatherHenry Howard, 15th Earl of Arundel
MotherLady Elizabeth Stuart

Thomas Howard, 5th Duke of Norfolk (9 March 1627 – 13 December 1677) was an English nobleman.

Thomas Howard was born to Henry Frederick Howard, 22nd Earl of Arundel and Elizabeth Stuart, Countess of Arundel. His maternal grandfather was Esmé Stewart, 3rd Duke of Lennox.

In 1660 King Charles II, acting on a virtually unanimous petition from the House of Lords, recreated for him the dukedom of Norfolk, which had been forfeited for treason by his great-great-grandfather Thomas Howard in 1572.[1][2]

Thomas had significant mental disabilities that prevented him from marrying or exercising his privileges as Duke. He spent much of his life in a private asylum in Padua, Italy.[3] Thomas' brother, Sir Henry Howard served as Earl Marshal until Thomas died in 1677, then succeeded him as Duke.[4] Another brother, Philip, became a Catholic cardinal.

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  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Norfolk, Earls and Dukes of" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 19 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 744.
  2. ^ Kenyon, J.P. The Popish Plot Phoenix Press Reissue 2000 p. 35
  3. ^ Kenyon p. 35
  4. ^ Kenyon p. 35

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