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

| September 8, 2013

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 […]

8 September 1560 – The Mysterious Death of Amy Robsart

| September 8, 2011

On the 8th September 1560, the body of Amy Robsart, wife of Robert Dudley, was discovered by her servants at the bottom of the stairs of her home, Cumnor Place, in Oxford. Why do I say “mysterious death”? Simply because although the coroner ruled that Amy’s death was accidental, the result of “misfortune”, there is […]

The Old Myths Regurgitated – The Bisley Boy and More

| January 27, 2011

I wasn’t able to watch the National Geographic Channel’s “Secrets of the Virgin Queen” but many people have contacted me to let me know what “secrets” it looked at. It sounds like it was a programme concentrating on the salacious rumours and myths that surround Elizabeth and her personal life – can’t they come up […]

The Case of Amy Robsart – A Tudor Whodunnit?

| November 19, 2010

As promised, I want to share with you what was said in last night’s Channel Five “Revealed” programme, “The Virgin Queen’s Fatal Affair”. I wrote copious notes so that I didn’t miss anything and I have divided the different topics into sections so that it is easy for you to take in. The programme featured […]

The Virgin Queen’s Fatal Affair: Revealed

| November 15, 2010

If you’re in the UK or you have access to the UK TV channel Channel 5 then make sure you watch “The Virgin Queen’s Fatal Affair: Revealed” on Thursday 18th November at 8pm. On the Radio Times website, the programme is described as:- “A historical documentary which explores the possibility that a controversial love affair […]

8th September 1560 – Death of Amy Robsart

| September 8, 2010

On this day in history, 8th September, 1560, Amy Dudley (née Robsart), wife of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, died at her home, Cumnor Place in Oxfordshire. Her servants found her body at the bottom of the stairs when they returned from “Our Lady’s Fair” at Abingdon, it appeared that she had fallen down the […]

The Marriage of Robert Dudley and Amy Robsart

| June 4, 2010

On this day in history, the 4th June 1550 (some sources say the 5th), Robert Dudley married Amy Robsart at the royal palace of Sheen at Richmond, near London. The marriage was attended by the then king, Edward VI. Both Amy and Dudley were a few days short of their 18th birthdays when they got […]

A Response to “Did Robert Dudley Murder Amy Robsart?”

| March 26, 2010

Elizabeth Files visitor Christine Hartweg has read Chris Skidmore’s “Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart” and here are her views on the book, Skidmore’s theories and the evidence he presents – she wrote them as a comment but I wanted to share them with all of you in […]

Update on “Did Robert Dudley Murder Amy Robsart?”

| March 24, 2010

Just a quick update on this subject as Elizabeth Files visitor, Bess Chilver, has just pointed out that Chris Skidmore wrote an article in Monday’s “Daily Express” giving more details about his theory regarding Robert Dudley being responsible for the death of  his first wife, Amy Robsart. You can read the online version of the […]

Did Robert Dudley Murder Amy Robsart?

| February 22, 2010

According to a report in yesterday’s “Daily Mail”, entitled “Did Elizabeth I’s lover have wife killed so he could wed the Virgin Queen?”, new evidence has been uncovered which supports the theory that Robert Dudley arranged the murder of his wife, Amy Dudley (nee Robsart), so that he was free to marry Elizabeth I. Amy’s […]