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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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What Did Elizabeth and Essex Shout At Each Other?

According to court gossip a famous scene occurred in 1598, when a handful of councillors met Queen Elizabeth I to discuss the appointment of a new Lord Deputy of Ireland. The Earl of Essex, the queen’s favourite and formerly the … Continue reading

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Did Robert Dudley Betray His Father?

In his famous textbook, England under the Tudors (1955), Professor G. R. Elton wrote regarding John Dudley’s “desperate and doomed attempt to pervert the succession in his favour”, that “failure was assured when the council failed to get possession of … Continue reading

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