Category Archives: Robert Dudley

6-9 July 1553: King Edward VI Dies and Lady Jane Grey Becomes Queen

Here’s a little excerpt (bar the footnotes) from my book John Dudley: The Life of Lady Jane Grey’s Father-in-Law: Edward VI died in the evening of 6 July 1553, in the arms of his favourite courtiers Henry Sidney and Thomas … Continue reading

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In Luctu Terminantur or To End in Grief

William Cecil, Elizabeth I’s chief minister, had a habit of preparing memoranda for his own later use. He would make lists of things and arguments he found worth remembering. Two of these lists concern Robert Dudley and his role as … Continue reading

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Books, Dudley-Related (3)

In the spring of 1584 the English government (in the person of Sir Francis Walsingham) became aware of a new publication that had surfaced in France. Smuggled into England, The Copy of a Letter written by a Master of Arts … Continue reading

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Is this Amy Robsart?

I was delighted when almost eight years ago I read the suggestion that this young lady might be Amy Robsart. Eric Ives had just published his marvellous book on Lady Jane Grey and mentioned this idea in a footnote. The … Continue reading

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Books, Dudley-Related (2)

Among the very best books ever published on Robert Dudley has to be Elizabeth Goldring’s 2014 Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the World of Elizabethan Art: Painting and Patronage at the Court of Elizabeth I. Gorgeously illustrated, it demonstrates … Continue reading

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A New Blog and An Old Question

Just a quick update that I have finally set up my little art blog, El Jardín de los Deseos, where I post one of my favourite pictures every few days, just for fun … I’m also very pleased to say … Continue reading

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“My Lord of Leicester, Kneeling by Her Highness”

In 1569, like almost every year, Queen Elizabeth went on summer progress. Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, reluctantly accompanied her. The reason was that he was planning his marriage to Mary Queen of Scots (who was in Elizabeth’s custody), … Continue reading

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Essex, by Hilliard and Oliver

On his death, the Earl of Leicester’s mantle fell on the shoulders of his stepson, the Earl of Essex. He did not inherit a penny, but he nevertheless was his political heir and was expected to take over his court … Continue reading

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Smith and Stevenson or Dining With The Jurors

On 8 September 1560, the aforesaid Lady Amy … being alone in a certain chamber within the home of a certain Anthony Forster, in the aforesaid Cumnor, and intending to descend the aforesaid chamber by way of certain steps (in … Continue reading

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Robert Dudley’s Health

Robert Dudley was a fit man – an excellent dancer and horseman of athletic built. Even his diet was (according to our standards) reasonably healthy: He abhorred the heavy drinking habits of his time and had a taste for salads … Continue reading

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