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4 September 1588 – The Death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

| September 4, 2012

Today is the anniversary of the death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. He died on 4th September 1588 at his lodge at Cornbury, near Woodstock in Oxfordshire. Leicester had been suffering from a recurring stomach ailment and was actually on his way to Buxton to take the waters. Unfortunately, he never made it. He […]

July 1575 – Elizabeth I’s Visit to Kenilworth Castle

| July 9, 2011

Between the 9th and 27th July 1575, the 41 year old Elizabeth I visited the home of her friend and favourite, Robert Dudley the Earl of Leicester, Kenilworth Castle. This visit may have been Dudley’s last ditch attempt to woo his Queen and persuade her to marry him, and he pulled out all the stops […]

24 June – The Birth of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

| June 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Robert Dudley! There is some controversy over his birthday with some of his contemporaries believing that he was born on exactly the same day as Elizabeth I (7th September 1533), but it is now believed that he was born on the 24th June 1532 or 1533, most likely 1532, making him just over […]

Robert Dudley to Marry Mary Queen of Scots?

| September 29, 2010

On this day in history, 29th September 1564, Robert Dudley was made Earl of Leicester, an earldom which had been planned earlier in the year to make him more acceptable as a bridegroom to Mary Queen of Scots. Yes, in the Spring of 1563, Elizabeth I offered her favourite, and the man she loved, Robert […]

Robert Dudley

| September 17, 2010

You can find out more about Robert Dudley in the following articles:- Did Robert Dudley Kill Amy Robsart The Arthur Dudley Myth Did They or Didn’t They? Update on Did Robert Dudley Kill Amy Robsart? A Response to Did Robert Dudley Kill Amy Robsart? The Death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester Elizabeth and Leicester, […]

The Death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

| September 4, 2010

On this day in 1588, not long after England’s victory over the Spanish Armada, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, died aged 56. In her book “Elizabeth I”1, Anne Somerset writes of how Leicester’s health had been deteriorating for some time and that at the end of August 1588 Leicester set off for Buxton, Derbyshire, which […]

The Spanish Armada 7 – Elizabeth I Visits Tilbury

| August 8, 2010

Even though the remaining ships of the Spanish Armada were homeward bound, England was still expecting to be threatened by the troops of the Duke of Parma who could come across the English Channel as soon as the wind was favourable. On the 8th August 1588, Elizabeth I decided to accept the Earl of Leicester’s […]

Elizabeth and Leicester – Bess and Robin

| August 3, 2010

After reading Jeane Westin’s wonderful novel about the relationship between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, I asked Jeane her opinion on two questions:- Why didn’t Elizabeth and Leicester marry? Was what they felt true love? Jeane has kindly written a guest article for The Elizabeth Files answering these questions – thank […]

His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester

| August 2, 2010

Just a quick post to say that I have written a review of Jeane Westin’s “His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester” over at our Tudor Book Review site. You can read the full review here but here is an excerpt:- “Having previously read and loved Jeane Westin’s “The Virgin’s Daughters: In […]

The Spanish Armada 2 – Leicester Invites Elizabeth to Tilbury

| July 27, 2010

On this day in history, the 27th July 1588, Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester and the Lieutenant and Captain General of the Queen’s Armies and Companies, invited Elizabeth I to visit Tilbury, where he was busy assembling troops. The reason for his invitation was to stop his beloved Queen and childhood friend from doing […]