Charles Neville, 6th Earl of Westmorland
Historical Figure
Nationality: England (spent most of adult life in exile)
Date of Birth: 1542 or 1543
Date of Death: 1601
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Lawyer, nobleman, soldier
Spouse: Jane Howard
Children: Four daughters
Turtledove Appearances:
Ruled Britannia
POD: July-August, 1588
Type of Appearance: Direct
Occupation: Businessman
Professional Affiliations: Lord Westmorland's Men
Charles Neville, 6th Earl of Westmorland, (18 August 1542 - 16 November 1601) was a Catholic English nobleman. He went into exile to escape the Protestant Queen Elizabeth's persecutions in 1570. In 1588, he commanded a Spanish army unit in Flanders, anticipating the invasion of England. In his last years, he survived on a small pension from King Philip III of Spain, dying penniless and largely forgotten.

Charles Neville in Ruled BritanniaEdit

Charles Neville returned to England when the Spanish Armada successfully invaded in 1588, and installed Queen Isabella and King Albert upon the throne. Neville served as protector of the English Inquisition. As such, he marched in an auto da fe procession on All Saints Day in 1597.[1]

He was also patron of the acting troupe Lord Westmorland's Men,[2] which ironically played a vital role in expelling the Spanish in 1598 when they performed William Shakespeare's Boudicca. Isabella and Albert fled the country and Elizabeth returned to the English throne. Neville lost his positions and fled.[3] The English Inquisition was disbanded under the Protestant Church of England. Patronage of Lord Westmorland's Men (which was subsequently known as The Queen's Men) was taken up by Elizabeth herself as a sign of her gratitude to the company and especially Shakespeare.[4]


  1. Ruled Britannia, pg. 6, HC.
  2. Ibid., pg. 24.
  3. Ibid., pg. 427.
  4. Ibid.