Sir Nicholas Carew
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Sir Nicholas Carew

b. c. 1496, d. 1539

Nominated 1536. Degraded 1539

A talented soldier, who fought with Henry in the French campaigns of the 1510s, and a competent jouster, Carew was popular with the young King. One of the courtiers criticised by Wolsey as a bad influence on Henry VIII, he was sent to Calais in 1519. Returned to favour the following year. Succeeded Sir Henry Guildford as Master of the Horse. Convicted of treason through an alliance with Sir Henry Courtenay, and executed in 1539.