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Pauline  •  Link

Noted for her beauty.

Pauline  •  Link

From her husband's entry in L&M Companion
"[James] and his beautiful wife Elizabeth were friends of Pepys close enough to be invited to the stone feast and, in the case of Elizabeth, close enough to make Elizabeth Pepys jealous."

"Her beauty had been extraordinary and was remarked on by others than Pepys. In 1678 she had her 19th child and was said still to look only 20. She was alive in 1696."

Pauline  •  Link

"...she had her 19th child and was said still to look only 20."

I have to add that I am jealous too.

dirk  •  Link

"she had her 19th child and was said still to look only 20"

Hardly believable, is it?

michael j. gresk m.a.  •  Link

what is truly amazing is that she survived the birth of (at least) 19 children!!

Sjoerd22  •  Link

An Elisabet Pearse, "washer woman to the Queen" was recorded as a witness at the birth of James Francis Edward Stuart, 1688. But not in the "official" list of witnesses that James, "the old Pretender" published years later to prove that he had NOT been switched at birth, but in a protestant pamphlet that tried to show that he had.

"This servant to the Queen, that used to receive a yearly sum of 2500 guilder, tells us the following:

1. That she had heard the Queen crying loudly.
2. That this went on until the (so called) Prince of Wales was handed to mrs Labadie
3. That the midwife held up the afterbirth
4. That she with her servant carried away the soiled bed linnen while it was still warm
5. That from looking at the bedlinnen handed to her from time to time she could see that her majesty had been in the same circumstances as women are apt to be.
and 6. That her majesty at that time had had milk in her breasts, as shown by the shirts.

The pamphlet goes on to argue that all of this was secondary evidence and could easily have been falsely constructed to switch a stillborn baby with a healthy changeling.

"De onwettelyke getuygen, George Jeffreys cancelier en Robert grave van Sunderland, president van de geheyme raad van Jacobus de II. coning van Groot Britanje, en secretaris van Staat: Nevens andere getuygen tegens malkanderen, in hunne gegeven attestatien, over de geboorte van den genaamden prince van Wales: Geconfronteert en ongegrond bevonden."

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