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Devereux, Robert

Born: 1566 AD
Died: 1601 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Soldier

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.