1567 – Born at Netherwood, Cumbria on the 10th of November.
1590 – He married Frances Walsingham, daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham and widow of Sir Philip Sidney.
1584 – Essex first came to court.
1587 – He become a favourite of the Queen, who relished his lively mind and eloquence, as well as his skills as a showman and in courtly love.
1588 – After Leicester’s death, Essex replaced the earl as Master of the Horse.
1589 – He took part in Sir Francis Drake’s English Armada, which sailed to Iberia in an unsuccessful attempt to press home the English advantage following the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
1591 – He was given command of a force sent to the assistance of King Henry IV of France.
1596 – He distinguished himself by the capture of Cádiz.
1597 – He defied the Queen’s orders, pursuing the treasure fleet without first putting the Spanish royal navy out of action.
1598 – He served as second Chancellor of Trinity College.
1599 – Essex sailed from Ireland on the 24th of September and reached London four days later.
– He was committed to custody in his own York House on the 1st of October, and he chose to blame Cecil and Raleigh for the queen’s hostility.
1601 – On the 19th of February, Essex was tried before his peers on charges of treason.
– Essex was found guilty and, on the 25th of February, was beheaded on Tower Green.