Thomas, Earl of Kildare, Lord Deputy in Ireland, is summoned back
to England after becoming involved in multiple local factional
disputes including against the Earl of Ormond. Once in England, he
is imprisoned for alleged treasons in Ireland. Soon afterwards, his
son, 'Silken Thomas', heard a mistaken rumour that his father had
been executed and that the King planned the same fate for him, and
thus rose in rebellion. This was a failure, ironically ending in
his execution, and his father died with grief at the news.
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Editors. "Thomas, Earl of Kildare is imprisoned for alleged treasons". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2010
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