The Dudley Family

'the race of Dudleys are most cunning merchants to make their gain of

all things, men, & times.'


'For it is a settled rule of Machiavel which the Dudleys do observe, that where you have

once done a great injury, there must you never forgive.'


– Leicester’s Commonwealth, 1584

Thomas More

'Forasmuch as Sir Thomas More, Knight sometime Lord Chancellor of England, a man of singular virtue and of a clear unspotted conscience, (as witnesseth Erasmus), more pure and white than the whitest snow, and of such an angelical wit, as England, he saith, never had the like before, nor never shall again, universally, as well in the laws of our Realm (a study in effect able to occupy the whole life of a man) as in all other sciences, right well studied, was in his days accounted a man worthy famous memory' - William Roper, Life of Sir Thomas More (1557)


' ...they say Iupiter did marrie Metis (which signifieth Counsell.)... shee conceiu’d by him, and was with childe, but Iupiter suffered her not to stay till shee brought fourth, but eate her vp; whereby hee became with child and was deliuered of Pallas, armed out of his head. Which montrous fable containeth a secret of Empire: How Kings are to make vse of their Counsell of state.' - Francis Bacon, Of Counsel (1612).


'Your bait of falshood take this carpe of truth,

And thus doe we of wisedome, and of reach,

With windlesses, and with assaies of bias,

By indirections find directions out'

- Shakespeare, Hamlet, II.i.955-8

Theories of Time

'...they painted her on a wheele, because she neuer standeth still, nor remaineth in one place, with wings on her feete, because she passeth away swiftly, her face couered with the haire of her forehead, because she lets none know her, but such as be verie attentiue to looke on her: with a raser in her hande, because shee cuts of their hope that take no heede of her but let her passe: with the hinder part of her head balde, because if she once be gone, no man can catch hold of her, and with a Maid that waits vpon her which is called Poenitentia, for repentance doth accompanie them that cannot tell how to reape profit by occasion.' - Bartolome Felippe, The Counseller (1589)

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