Its two purposes, the general one of keeping France in the war and the particular one of persuading Henri to recapture Calais, were difficult, perhaps impossible, of achievement, as Mildmay was quick to realise, and the gulf which soon came to separate King and Ambassador was not of either's sole making.
Mildmay probably had too much of his father's puritanism ever to condone Henri's calculated conversion, while the King's condemnation of his trafficking with those of the religion made no allowance for the Ambassador's affinity with the Huguenots.
Within a month he obeyed a Privy Council summons, provoked by an invasion scare, to bring a force of servants from Northamptonshire.
In 1567, at the unusually young age of 15, Grace married the 20-year-old Anthony Mildmay (the average age of marriage being early to mid-twenties for women and mid- to late twenties for men).
Sir Anthony spent much of their marriage abroad, and they were married for 50 years until his death in 1617. Grace died on 27 July 1620 in Apethorpe, Northamptonshire, where she had moved upon her marriage.
Auditor, north parts duchy of Lancaster 1589-94 (reversion to fa. I always knew him, John Chamberlain wrote in 1597, to be paucorum hominem; and there must have been few who found Mildmay worth cultivating.
Mildmay's failure to make a public career is a measure of his shortcomings.
His wife, Grace Sharington or Sherrington, was the daughter of Sir Henry Sherrington of Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire and Anne Paget (d. Not surprisingly, the senior burgess for Newton, one of the youngest men in the House, left no mark on its proceedings.
Anthony could not have been much above 18 when he married a co-heir of Lacock, an alliance which, if its material rewards were to accrue only after his father-in-law's death in 1580, and then at the cost of bitter squabbling with his relatives, gave Mildmay a footing in Wiltshire soon to be advanced by the marriage of his sister Martha to the influential William Brouncker of Melksham. Mildmay's brief experience of military service at the time of the Northern Rebellion was followed by his return to the Parliament of 1571 for Newton, perhaps through the influence of the chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, of which his father was auditor.
By the time he was ready for Cambridge his father had survived partial eclipse under with an ode when she visited Peterhouse in Aug 1564.
To judge from the date of his entry to Peterhouse, it may have been 1549.
In 1584-5 's leadership of the House may have put his sons as firmly in the shade as before; and in the record of the session Anthony figures only as a member of the subsidy committee appointed on 24 Feb after the chancellor of the Exchequer had made one of his speeches on supply.
His embassy to France was Mildmay's one public employment of consequence.
His standing in the House could not compare with that of several natives, including his brothers-in-law, William and Henry Brouncker, who on this occasion sat for boroughs.