Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (see here and here and images),
mar 1stly to Amy Robsart
She died of a fall downstairs 1560, possibly murdered by him.
She was bur University church of St.Mary the Virgin, Oxford.
His seat (restored to him 1563) was Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire (formerly held by John of Gaunt).
He was cr 1st Earl of Leicester 1564.
mar 2ndly, 1573 (secretly) to
and had issue.
He entertained Elizabeth I in 1575 at Kenilworth Castle.
He built a grand town house, Leicester House, Strand, London (later called Essex House) around 1575.
mar 3rdly, 1578 (secretly and bigamously) to
[widow of Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex
and mother of Penelope Devereux].
He thus became stepfather of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex.
He built up one of the first large collections of portraits.
His nephew Sir Philip Sidney wrote The Lady of May prob. 1578 to promote his and Leicester's causes to the Queen.
He was appointed 1588 to command the forces against the Spanish Armada, but died before it came.
He died 1588, age 56 yrs,
bur Collegiate Church of St.Mary, Warwick.
Title extinct, later revived in Sidney family.
See Portraits of 1st Earl of Leicester.
The fairy-tale Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick.
This was a hospital for aged or injured soldiers, founded by 1st Earl of Leicester.
Photo 2007. See full size. From here.
See more images.
See street view.
The movie Elizabeth (1998).
Dudley features as Elizabeth I's unfulfilled love, played by Joseph Fiennes.
In one scene Dudley uses the poem My true-love hath my heart by his nephew Sir Philip Sidney to woo Elizabeth.
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