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Dudley, Robert

Born: 1533 AD
Died: 1588 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Earl, Monarch

1533 – Robert Dudley, born on the 7th of September in England. He was the long standing favourite of Elizabeth I of England. He was born a younger son of the 1st Duke of Northumberland.

1560 – His wife died after falling down a flight of stairs in mysterious circumstances, it was widely believed that he had arranged her murder in order to free himself to marry the Queen.

1563 – Elizabeth put him up as a candidate for marriage to the widowed Mary, Queen of Scots, whom she hoped to neutralise by marriage to a Protestant.

1573 – He is thought to have secretly married the widowed Lady Douglas Sheffield.

1585 – Restored to Elizabeth’s favour, Dudley was placed in command of the Dutch campaign, culminating in the Battle of Zutphen.

1588 – Despite having shown himself a failure as a military leader, he was in command of the English land forces against the Spanish Armada.

       – He died at his house in Essex on the 4th September.