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Dudley and Paget, Part I

During the last years of Henry VIII the experienced diplomat, Sir William Paget, served as the king’s Principal Secretary, at the same time that John Dudley, Viscount Lisle rose to be a great Lord Admiral. In the summer of 1546 … Continue reading

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My Lord Steward

The Earl of Leicester dressed in the full attire of a Knight of the Garter is not one of his better known portraits. In the 1580s, though, it became fashionable for Elizabeth’s favourite knights to have themselves painted in their … 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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Friendship Broken and Renewed: Northampton and Leicester

The Marquess of Northampton was released towards the end of 1553, but he was back in the Tower of London a month later because of Wyatt’s Rebellion, the family of his second wife Elizabeth Brooke being involved in the uprising. … Continue reading

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The Governor-General’s Appearance

In July 1584 the Prince of Orange was murdered. A year later Antwerp fell to the Spaniards; the Protestant cause was seriously in danger, and an English intervention in the Netherlands seemed inescapable, even to the reluctant Elizabeth. There was … Continue reading

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The Earl of Leicester, by William Segar

xth of April. Given the same day by your lordship’s commandment to a poor woman of Leighton xii d. Given in reward the xiith April by your lordship’s commandment to one Segar, a gardener xl s. This fairly typical entry … Continue reading

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