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People/Characters: Mary Reade, Lady Mary

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Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

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Lady Mary Reade, 17th century, was married to Sir Thomas Reade.  The family were Royalists in the English Civil War. The two sons of Sir Thomas and Lady Mary died in the fighting that destroyed their home Barton Manor.   They moved to another home, Dun's Tew Manor.  They are famous for having employed Anne Greene of Steeple Barton as a domestic  servant.  She was impregnated by their grandson Geoffrey, and after a miscarriage convicted of infanticide against medical evidence.  She was hanged 14 December 1650 at Oxford.   Her body was sent to Oxford College for dissection in the presence of Sir Thomas.  The astonished physicians and students instead revived her when they realized that she was still alive.

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