Dudley, Robert

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Born: Sep 07, 1533 AD
Died: 1588 AD, at 54 years of age.

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.
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