Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex

Standard Name: Essex, Robert Devereux,,, second Earl of


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
death Christopher Marlowe
Standard accounts of his death used to say that it was a brawl, largely caused by himself. But accident seems unlikely. He had recently been brought in for questioning by the Privy Council , but...
Family and Intimate relationships Aemilia Lanyer
Alfonso may (depending on whether he was the son of his father's first wife or his second) have been Aemilia's cousin; his job was the exact counterpart of her late father's. The marriage was not...
Family and Intimate relationships Queen Elizabeth I
Elizabeth's personal relations with her favoured courtiers employed a condescending flirtatiousness; there were persistent but unlikely rumours that she had sexual relations, first with Leicester and later with Essex , as well as wilder rumours...
Family and Intimate relationships Margaret Hoby
Margaret Dakins (later MH ), who was an heiress, was married at about seventeen to Walter Devereux , son of the Earl of Essex and younger brother of the Elizabethan courtier Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex .
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Occupation E. Nesbit
A few years later she believed, as if she had entered into one of her own fantasies for children, that she had found out the Shakespeare cipher, which comes out as definitely as the result...
politics Queen Elizabeth I
The end of the 1580s saw a shift into the final period of Elizabeth's reign, marked by the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, the death of Leicester (4 September 1588), and the defeat of...
Textual Features Anne Bacon
She pleads with Lord Burghley for the rights of Nonconformists, and offers penetrating political, career, and medical advice to her sons and to the Earl of Essex . In many letters she dispenses godly counsel...
Textual Production Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke
Her interest in Senecan tragedy parallels that which her brother expressed in his Defence of Poesie. Hers was the first dramatic treatment of Antony and Cleopatra in English; it carried a political message, a...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Sophia Lee
Both sisters become rivals in love to Queen Elizabeth (following the popular account of romantic interest in Elizabeth's life). Matilda loves, and bears a daughter by, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester . Lee's account of...


1598: George Chapman published the first seven...

Writing climate item


George Chapman published the first seven books of his translation of Homer 's Iliad, the first English version done direct from Greek; he finished the Iliad in 1608 and the whole of Homer in 1616.

March 1599: Queen Elizabeth sent her young favourite...

National or international item

March 1599

Queen Elizabeth sent her young favourite the Earl of Essex to Ireland as Lord Lieutenant with a large army to crush Tyrone 's Rebellion.

7 February 1601: Followers of the Earl of Essex attended a...

Writing climate item

7 February 1601

Followers of the Earl of Essex attended a play at the Globe Theatre, the day before rising against Queen Elizabeth : this has been taken, probably wrongly, to demonstrate the theatre's political power.

25 February 1601: The Earl of Essex was executed in the Tower...

National or international item

25 February 1601

The Earl of Essex was executed in the Tower of London on the orders of Queen Elizabeth ; she was said to be much upset, but was deaf to all appeals for clemency.

1684: John Banks's tragedy The Island Queens (which...

Writing climate item


John Banks 's tragedy The Island Queens (which featured Mary Queen of Scots as heroine and Elizabeth I as villain) was defiantly published after having been banned from the stage.


No bibliographical results available.