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


2 Responses to “8 September 1560 – The Death of Amy Dudley, wife of Robert Dudley”

  1. In September 2007 Dr David Starkey published an article in the Telegraph stating that in his opinion he was 95% certain this was a portrait of Lady Jane Grey. He had been researching in the British Library and come across an Grey family inventory which appears to describe the jewels this young woman is wearing. One of the tokens on her bodice is a ‘gilly’ flower, which is thought to be a symbol of the shortened form of her husband’s name, Guildford. Lady Jane was, of course, married to Guildford Dudley.

    The age of the sitter is shown as XVIII i.e. eighteen years of age.

    It has also been suggested that this miniature (in the Yale University collection) is of Elizabeth I as a princess. This does not follow the face pattern of either the Teerlinc Coronation portrait Elizabeth, or later portraits of her by Nicholas Hilliard.

    Starkey further suggests that the artist was Levina Teerlinc, but I do not agree and in my correspondence with Dr Starkey, I suggested it was, in fact, by Susannah Horenbout because Teerlinc was known to be beloved of Mary I. This evidence is contained in the creation of the lifetime annuity granted to Teerlinc in 1559 by Elizabeth (UK National Archives)

    I am currently working on the sequel to my novel, The Truth of the Line (www.thetruthoftheline.co,uk) which will tell more about the life and work of Levina Teerlinc and her relationship with four of the Tudor monarchs. If you want to know more about Hilliard and his work, why not read my novel, published by MadeGlobal publishing and if you visit TheAnneBoleynfiles.com website, you can just click on the image.

  2. Abby says:

    if this is amy, she bears a little resemblence to elizabeth. i see what robert did there…

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