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Amanda Hertel
Amanda Hertel • 1 year ago

Frances Walsingham (1567-1633), Countess of Essex and Countess of Clanricarde was an English noblewoman. The daughter of Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth I's Secretary of State, she became the wife of Sir Philip Sidney at age 16. Her second husband was Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, Queen Elizabeth's favourite, with whom she had five children. Shortly after his execution in 1601 she married her lover,[1] Richard Burke, 4th Earl of Clanricarde, and went to live in Ireland.

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