Dudley Brother's Graffiti in the Tower of London,1554. Robert's signature is prominently displayed. Photo via Flickr, Lisby1.Dudley Brother's Graffiti in the Tower of London,1554. Robert's signature is prominently displayed. Photo via Flickr, Lisby1.
Sir Henry Lee may not be as famous as some of Queen Elizabeth I’s other favourites, most notably Robert Dudley or Robert Devereux, however his representation within the Line of Kings was at least as appropriate as either of these other favourites also displayed. Sir Henry had been the Queen’s Champion in the 1580s and he arranged her famous Accession Day jousts. More poignantly, he had also been the Master of the Armouries, based at the Tower of London, during her reign.
The Arrest of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex | On 10 June 1540, while the Privy Council were in session at Westminster, the Captain of the Guard strode into the council chamber w/ a warrant for the arrest of Thomas Cromwell for treason. Henry VIII's unhappiness & disillusion allowed Cromwell's enemies to rise up against him & push for his fall. Cromwell was arrested & taken to the Tower of London.
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (10 November 1565 – 25 February 1601), is the best-known of the many holders of the title "Earl of Essex." He was a military hero and royal favourite of Elizabeth I, but following a poor campaign against Irish rebels during the Nine Years' War in 1599, he failed in a coup d'état against the queen and was executed for treason. Great-grandson of Mary Boleyn.
Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn (or Gwynn or Gwynne) (2 February 1650 – 14 November 1687) was a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England. Called "pretty, witty Nell" by Samuel Pepys, she has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella.