ROBERT DUD­LEY, EARL OF LE­ICES­TER

1532–1588 ENGLISH ARMY

History of War - - ELIZABETHAN WARS -

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

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