Elizabeth Blount, also known as Bessie, was a member of the English gentry and has the distinction of being one of the known and documented mistresses of King Henry VIII. She also was the mother of the king’s son, the only illegitimate child that Henry recognized as his own.
Elizabeth was born c. 1500. She was the second daughter and one of eleven children, eight of whom survived. Her father was Sir John Blount of Kinlet Hall in Shropshire. Her mother was Katherine Peshall whose father had fought for King Henry VII at the Battle of Bosworth. Elizabeth would live her early years in Shropshire and she received a good education. She would grow up to be beautiful with a fair complexion, blue eyes and blond hair which was considered the epitome of Tudor beauty.
Elizabeth’s family was related to William Blount, 4th Lord Mountjoy, an important member…
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