8th September 1560 – Death of Amy Robsart

The Death of Amy Robsart by William Frederick Yeames

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 stairs.

At the inquest into Amy’s death, the coroner ruled that Amy’s death was the result of “misfortune”, an accident, but there is still controversy today over Amy’s death – was it suicide, murder or an accident? You can read more about Amy’s death in the following articles:-