Elizabeth Hatton and the Legend of Bleeding Heart Yard

This post preserves some information about the English noblewoman Elizabeth Hatton (née Elizabeth Cecil, 1578–1646) that has since been deleted from the corresponding Wikipedia entry.

I originally wrote most of the deleted material in order to correct the inaccuracy of the original Wikipedia article, which stated that Elizabeth Hatton was murdered in Bleeding Heart Yard in London in 1626. My investigation of the subject discovered an interesting illustration of how history can be distorted by word-of-mouth and hearsay.

To read my original version of the article, click here.

My version of the Wikipedia article now has been replaced by a version that — while historically more complete — resembles the previous version in the way that a stack of timber resembles the tree from which it was cut: probably more useful but nowhere near as picturesque. 


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