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Robert Dudley’s Health

Robert Dudley was a fit man – an excellent dancer and horseman of athletic built. Even his diet was (according to our standards) reasonably healthy: He abhorred the heavy drinking habits of his time and had a taste for salads … Continue reading

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Was Amy Dudley Ill? The Evidence

The earliest known mention of Amy Dudley’s health occurred on 18 April 1559 in a dispatch of the Count of Feria to his master King Philip II of Spain: “Lord Robert has come so much into favour that he does … 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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