Members of The Friends of Markenfield’s Archive & Research Group, Alan Robiette and Eleanor Hart spent a number of months researching a letter written to Sir Thomas Markenfield (V) during his exile in the Low Countries. Few personal documents remain pertaining to Thomas, which makes this one – housed in the Harleian Manuscripts at the British Library – all the more special. Bearing a message from Markenfield – “your is poor but prayeth hard for you” – the letter is not all that it first seems.