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. […]

25 February – Elizabeth I is excommunicated and The execution of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

| February 25, 2022

25 February – Elizabeth I is excommunicated and The execution of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

On this day in Tudor history, 25th February 1570, Pope Pius V issued the papal bull “Regnans in Excelsis”. This bull not only excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I, it also freed her Catholic subjects from their allegiance to her and called on the English people to disobey her orders, mandates and laws. It threatened excommunication for […]

8 February – The Queen’s favourite rebels and the Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

| February 8, 2022

8 February – The Queen’s favourite rebels and the Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

On this day in Tudor history, 8th February 1601, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex and Queen Elizabeth I’s former favourite, did a rather foolish thing and raised a rebellion against the queen and her council. Spoilers: It didn’t go well and he ended up being executed as a traitor. Find out exactly what happened […]

30 October – Elizabeth I’s refusal to renew Robert Devereux and the coronation of Henry VII

| October 30, 2021

30 October – Elizabeth I’s refusal to renew Robert Devereux and the coronation of Henry VII

On this day in Tudor history, 30th October 1600, Queen Elizabeth I refused to renew Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex’s monopoly on sweet wines, saying that “an unruly horse must be abated of his provender, that he may be the easier and better managed.” It may not sound like a major event, but it […]

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 […]