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. […]