Robert Dud­ley

BBC History Magazine - - Elizabeth I’s Love Rival -

HOW DID HE RISE TO PROMI­NENCE?

Robert was the third sur­viv­ing son of John Dud­ley, Duke of Northum­ber­land, by his wife Jane Guild­ford. The cou­ple in­vested heav­ily in his ed­u­ca­tion and, as a re­sult, Robert’s schol­arly in­ter­ests were vast. For the rest of his life, he would be renowned as a pa­tron of artists and po­ets.

WHO WERE HIS LOVE IN­TER­ESTS?

Dud­ley mar­ried Amy Rob­sart in 1550 but, fol­low­ing her mys­te­ri­ous death in 1560, he re­mained un­mar­ried un­til 1578. He ded­i­cated much of his life to at­tempt­ing, and fail­ing, to per­suade El­iz­a­beth I to ac­cept his hand in mar­riage. To the queen’s great ire, Robert wed Let­tice Knollys in 1578. It was a happy mar­riage that pro­duced one son, Robert, Lord Den­bigh, who died aged three.

WHEN DID HE DIE?

On 4 Septem­ber 1588, prob­a­bly of malaria.

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