- Aug 13, 2013View SourceHi AndreasThey could try Alethia, Edward Talbot's neice. Edward was tutored by Florio at Oxford and Alethia had many connections with Italy and more importantly all the aristocrats involved with the sonnets."
In September, 1606, she married Thomas Howard, and they had four children; their first son died as a teenager:
- James Howard, Baron Maltravers (1607–1624)
- Henry Frederick Howard, 22nd Earl of Arundel (1608–1652)
- Anne Howard (1612–1658)
- William Howard, 1st Viscount Stafford (c. 1614-1680)
Lady Arundel wished to join her husband abroad, but was dissuaded from doing so. Alethea and her husband accompanied the Elector Palatine Frederick V and his bride Princess Elizabeth Stuart as far as Heidelberg on their marriage in 1613.
Lady Arundel used her money to buy back Arundel House and she financed their trip to Italy in 1613-1614, travelling with Inigo Jones. The Earl of Arundel was one of the first Englishmen to buy antique statues. She met him in Siena. Together they travelled to Rome, Naples, Padua, Genoa, Turin, and Paris. They reached England in November 1614. Alethea’s father died in 1616; she inherited a third of the estate and her husband's serious collecting started.
Around 1619 Lord Arundel sent his two elder sons to Padua. In 1620 Rubens painted Alethea Talbot, and her retinue, jester, dwarf and dog in Antwerp when she was on her way to Italy. (The male figure, called lord Arundel, was added many years later by an unknown hand.) He wished to visit his sons, but decided that Lady Arundel should go alone. Lady Arundel was accompanied by Francesco Vercellini. She stayed in Spa and engaged apartments. Lady Arundel moved to Milan and Padua.
In 1622 she lived in Venice in the Palazzo Mocenigo facing the Canal Grande, and also in a villa at Dolo. Antonio Priuli's election began a brutal process of ferreting out individuals suspected of plotting against Venice. Hundreds were arrested, with or without cause, with attention specially focused on foreign soldiers and sailors. The manhunt led to the arrest of many actual plotters, but also of many innocent victims, such as Antonio Foscarini, a patrician who was executed on 21 April 1621, after attending an event at the English Embassy.
The hysteria ended in 1622, and on 16 January 1623 the Venetian government issued an apology for Foscarini's execution, thus marking a scaling back of the manhunt. Sir Henry Wotton warned her to leave Venice. She declined the advice and went straight to Venice. Insisting on appearing next day, with Sir Henry Wotton, before the Doge and Senate she was completely justified. Lady Arundel left Venice with letters from the Doge ordering every favour to be shown to her on her journey through Venetian territory. She spent the winter in Turin together with her two sons. She met with Anthony van Dyck, the painter. Together they went to Mantua....." Wikipedia