April 15 – The beginning of the end for Essex, a royal champion and a queen’s blows and evil words

| April 15, 2022

April 15 – The beginning of the end for Essex, a royal champion and a queen’s blows and evil words

On this day in Tudor history, 15th April 1599, Elizabeth I’s favourite, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, was sworn in as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Unfortunately, Essex wasn’t at all happy about his appointment. He didn’t want to go to Ireland. Essex had to go and his time there was to be his undoing. […]

28 September – On This Day In History…

| September 28, 2011

28 September – On This Day In History…

On this day in history… 1599 – Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex strode into Elizabeth I’s bedchamber unannounced and saw the Queen without her makeup or wig, without her ‘mask of youth’. This was after his unsuccessful campaign in Ireland. He had made a truce with the rebel leader, without the Queen’s permission, and […]