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A Great Love: Lettice and Robert Dudley

Lettice, Viscountess Hereford, ‟one of the best-looking ladies of the court“, was 21 and pregnant with her third child, when she attracted the attentions of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, Queen Elizabeth’s great favourite and long-term suitor (and lover, it … Continue reading

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Leicester in Oils, c.1575

Apart from the queen herself, the Earl of Leicester was the most often portrayed person in Elizabethan England. William Cecil’s likeness was also much in demand, yet he rarely sat for one, while Robert Dudley survives in many different postures … Continue reading

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Jewels and ‟Such Other Pretty Stuff‟: Robert Dudley Goes Shopping

Robert Dudley’s personal tastes were hardly more extravagant than those of his fellow noblemen, except that Queen Elizabeth expected her ‟honorary consort“ to dress magnificently.1 Thus, when the earl celebrated the Feast of the Order of St. Michael at Warwick … Continue reading

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Robert Dudley and Nicholas Hilliard

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester was the greatest private collector of paintings in Elizabethan England. Many items in his collection were portraits and, being fond of everything Italian, he had a predilection for the Venetian school. It is intriguing to … Continue reading

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