Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex's Rebellion

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General Info

  • Son of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
  • Cariacature of Leicester; more reckless, proud, extravagent, stubborn & self-destructive

Essex's personality

  • Preferred military-style solutions rather than a more political approach e.g. challenging rivals to duels over political matters
  • Granted precedence and believed it was a step forward in him dominating the Queen & council
  • Believed factional rivalry was an attack on his honour, and that he was to triumph over parvenus (newcomers) - man out of his time

Tyrone Rebellion & Essex's role

  • Opportunity to prove himself - Queen accepted demands of a large army to be led by himself
  • Ignored military instructions, negotiated with Tyrone w/o…


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