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Anonymous, 16th century Queen Elizabeth I of England. Collection Gioviana. Location:Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex was born on 11/10/1565 at Netherwood near Bromyard, in Herefordshire, the son of Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex and Lettice Knollys. His maternal great-grandmother Mary Boleyn was a sister of Anne Boleyn, mother of Queen Elizabeth I, making him a cousin of the Queen, and there were rumours that his grandmother, Catherine Carey, a close friend of Queen Elizabeth's, was Henry VIII's illegitimate daughter. He was a military hero and favorite of Elizabeth…

King Henry VII's queen, Elizabeth of York (1466-1503), with daughters Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary, and, Catherine | Only Margaret and Mary survived childhood.

Anne Stafford, daughter of Catherine Woodville, niece of Queen Elizabeth Woodville and mistress of Henry VIII