8 September 1560 – The Death of Amy Dudley, wife of Robert Dudley

Posted By claire on September 8, 2013

Unknown lady by Levina Teerlinc, some say it is Amy Robsart

Unknown lady by Levina Teerlinc, some say it is Amy Robsart

On Sunday 8th September 1560, Amy Dudley (nee Robsart) died at Cumnor Place near Abingdon, her rented accommodation.

Her death is rather a mystery. Her body was found at the foot of the stairs when her servants returned from their day out at the Abingdon Fair and although the coroner ruled that Amy, “being alone in a certain chamber… accidentally fell precipitously down”, there were rumours and mutterings that her husband, Robert Dudley, and even Queen Elizabeth I, had been poisoning Amy and had arranged her death.

You can read more about her death in my article 8 September 1560 – The Mysterious Death of Amy Robsart

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7 September 1533 – The Birth of Elizabeth I at Greenwich Palace

Posted By claire on September 7, 2013

ElizabethDarnleyPortraitWikiOn 7th September 1533, Queen Elizabeth I was born at Greenwich Palace. Her parents were King Henry VIII and his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn.

Her birth, although initially a disappointment, was a joyous occasion, but nobody on that September day realised that this baby would grow up to be a great Queen of England, a queen who would rule for over 44 years and who would be known for her Golden Age and England’s defeat of the Spanish Armada: the iconic Elizabeth I.

You can find out more about her and her reign on this website – use the Google Search box for specific topics, or the “Categories” section in the left-hand side menu.

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