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Lady Elizabeth Hatton

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Lady Elizabeth Hatton was a 17th Century society beauty and daughter of Sir Christoper Hatton. She was murdered in 1626, with her body being found on the morning of January 27th in what became known as Bleeding Heart Yard.

She had spent the evening of January 26th in the company of the Bishop of Ely at a ball in Hatton House . Later in the evening Senor Gondomar , the Spanish Ambassador, is reported to have arrived at the ball. He had one dance with Lady Hatton and then they both disappeared into the night. The courtyard in which her body was found was located behind the stables of Hatton House.

When found, her body was described as having been "torn limb from limb" and with her heart "still pumping blood onto the cobblestones".

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