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Plotting the Demise of Mary Queen of Scots in 1572

It is often said that Robert Dudley supported his brother-in-law, Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon, in the Elizabethan succession question. There is not much substance to this, however, and from early in Elizabeth’s reign his favourite candidate was clearly … Continue reading

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Un giovane bellissimo, a very handsome young man: thus a Venetian diplomat described Robert Dudley in the spring of 1559, and, the envoy added, Queen Elizabeth ‟might easily take him for her husband“, should his ailing wife ‟perchance … die“.1 … Continue reading

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