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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.

Frances Walsingham, countess of Essex, daughter to Sir Francis Walsingham, and wife to Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, and her son Robert, later the third Earl of Essex, by Robert Peake the elder, 1594.

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Portrait said to be Jane Dormer, Duchess of Feria. -A fervent Roman Catholic, 16 year old Jane served as lady in waiting to Mary, Henry VIII's daughter by his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Some 20 younger than the Queen, Jane became one of her closest friends. Jane nursed the her through her last illness & was entrusted with passing on various jewels to Elizabeth I. In 1558, Jane married Spanish nobleman Don Gomez Suarez de Figueroe, adviser to Mary’s husband Philip, & left England for…

Charles Brandon & Mary Tudor, his first wife. Her old husband, the King of France, died and he was supposed to bring her home to England. They fell in love and got married instead!

Lettice Knollys, great-niece of Anne Boleyn, Granddaughter of Mary Boleyn Laetitia Knollys, Countess of Essex and Leicester (November 1543[1] - 25 December 1634), normally referred to as Lettice Knollys, was born in Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire. She was the mother of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, Queen Elizabeth I's famous courtier. In her second marriage, Lettice Knollys was wife to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester Elizabeth I's favorite. Elizabeth hated her for it.

Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) was queen regnant of England and Ireland from 1558 until her death. Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. The daughter of Henry VIII, she was born a princess, but her mother, Anne Boleyn, was executed two and a half years after her birth, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate.