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Did William Paget Talk About Elizabeth and Robert Dudley?

In 1978, a manuscript was found in the British Library which contained materials for a history of the early years of Elizabeth I’s reign. The Journal of Matters of State or BL Additional MS 48023, as the manuscript is usually … Continue reading

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Sir Richard Verney – Amy Dudley’s Killer?

The arch-villain in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Kenilworth (1821) is called Richard Varney. So he is in at least two operas based on Kenilworth, by Aubert (1823) and by Donizetti (1829). Directly or indirectly, Scott took his tale about the … Continue reading

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Was John Dudley Behind the Death of Thomas Seymour?

A key element of John Dudley’s Black Legend, often repeated to this day, is that he was responsible for “the hatred” between the Seymour brothers, Edward and Thomas, which resulted in the latter’s execution at the hands of the former … Continue reading

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