ROBERT DUDLEY, EARL OF LEICESTER
1532–1588 ENGLISH ARMY
Few men played such an important a role in the life of Elizabeth I as Robert Dudley. They were at one point both prisoners in the Tower of London and had a strong bond that brought them close to marriage.
Dudley was an important advisor to the queen and was made Earl of Leicester in order to make a proposed match with Mary Queen of Scots more palatable, but he was never in favour of such a union. As a military man, Leicester had many faults, but he was keen to support the Dutch in their uprising against the Spanish (the Dutch Revolt, or Eighty Years’ War). The Dutch also held him in high regard, but when he was appointed to command an English force of 6,000 men in the Low Countries, he proved to be inept. Within two years he was back home, close to bankruptcy but still retaining the queen’s favour.
“FEW MEN PLAYED SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE LIFE OF ELIZABETH I AS ROBERT DUDLEY. THEY WERE AT ONE POINT BOTH PRISONERS IN THE TOWER OF LONDON AND HAD A STRONG BOND THAT BROUGHT THEM CLOSE TO MARRIAGE”
Leicester, in the role of Governorgeneral of the United Provinces