Recovering from the serious injury he suffered when a gunpowder bag exploded upriver from Jamestown in 1609, Smith sailed back to England. His whereabouts for some time thereafter are unknown.
Edward Seymour, lst Earl of Hertford, 1st Baron Beauchamp (1539-1621) was said to be Smith’s “best friend.” The Earl was the nephew of Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII.
Smith dedicated his 1612 pamphlet, A Map of Virginia, to Edward Seymour. Seymour's wife was Frances Howard (1578-1639), a great beauty, only two years older than John Smith. Her husband was 37 years older than she.
Did Smith stay with this couple during his convalescence?
A fascinating question.