Lettice Devereux
Lettice Knollys (/ˈnoʊlz/ NOHLZ, sometimes called Laetitia, also known as Lettice Devereux or Lettice Dudley), Countess of Essex and Countess of Leicester (8 November 1543 – 25 December 1634), was an English noblewoman and mother to the courtiers Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex and Lady Penelope Rich, although via her marriage to Elizabeth I's favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, she incurred the Queen's unrelenting displeasure.
A grandniece of Anne Boleyn and close to Princess Elizabeth since childhood, Lettice Knollys was introduced early into court life. At 17 she married Walter Devereux, Viscount Hereford, who in 1572 became Earl of Essex. After her husband went to Ireland in 1573 she possibly became involved with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. There was plenty of scandalous talk, not least when Essex died in Ireland of dysentery in 1576. Two years later Lettice Knollys married Robert Dudley in private. When the Queen was told of the marriage she banished the Countess forever from court, effectively curtailing her social life. The couple's child, Robert, Lord Denbigh, died at the age of three, to the great grief of his parents and ending all prospects for the continuance of the House of Dudley. Lettice Knollys' union with Leicester was nevertheless a happy one, as was her third marriage to the much younger Sir Christopher Blount, whom she unexpectedly married in 1589 only six months after the Earl's death. She continued to style herself Lady Leicester.
The Countess was richly left under Leicester's will; yet the discharge of his overwhelming debts diminished her wealth. In 1604–1605 she successfully defended her widow's rights in court when her possessions and her good name were threatened by the Earl's illegitimate son, Robert Dudley, who claimed that he was his father's legitimate heir, thus implicitly declaring her marriage bigamous. Lettice Knollys was always close to her large family circle. Helpless at the political eclipse of her eldest son, the second Earl of Essex, she lost both him and her third husband to the executioner in 1601. From the 1590s she lived chiefly in the Staffordshire countryside, where, in reasonably good health until the end, she died at age 91 on Christmas Day 1634.

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Lettice Devereux returned to court on at least one occasion, in the summer of ..... the Court: Essays in Elizabethan Politics Manchester: Manchester University ...
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Oxford University Press 2004–13 All rights reserved ... In late 1560 Lettice Knollys married Walter Devereux, second Viscount Hereford (1539–1576), nobleman ...
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Sep 7, 2012 ... Lettice, Viscountess Hereford, ‟one of the best-looking ladies of the court“, ... Lettice Devereux returned home to Staffordshire, where she gave birth to her first son, Robert, in November 1565. .... Manchester University Press.
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Jan 17, 2007 ... Biography of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Essex, Queen Elizabeth's lady in waiting, ... consented to her match to Walter Devereux, Viscount Hereford, later Earl of Essex. .... Athens and London: Ohio University Press, 1985. 58.
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Virginia M. Fellows, 2006
Lettice, a granddaughter of Mary Boleyn (Ann Boleyn's sister) and therefore a cousin to Elizabeth, had been married for some time to Walter Devereux, viscount of Hereford. Marriage did not seem to curb Lettice's flirtatious style—she was a ...
Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I
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Sandra Byrd, 2013
"In Roses Have Thorns Sandra Byrd has given the reader another amazing heroine to tell the intimate story of England's greatest queen, Elizabeth I. What a unique point of view and deeply moving story Helena von Snakenborg provides. Byrd is especially adept at blending political and private lives. This is a timeless women's friendship...
A Historical Dictionary of British Women
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Cathy Hartley, 2013
She first married Walter Devereux, Earl of Essex. They had four surviving children , including Robert, later second Earl and favourite of Queen Elizabeth, and Penelope RICH. Lettice Devereux, was on familiar terms with Robert Dudley, Earl of ...
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Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At the heart of the new queen’s court lay Elizabeth’s bedchamber, closely guarded by the favoured women who helped her dress, looked after her jewels and shared her bed. Elizabeth’s private life was of public, political concern. Her bedfellows were witnesses to th...
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Robert Sidney, Barbara Gamage Sidney, Margaret P. Hannay, 2005
... Lord of see Stanley, William Dering, Sir Edward 3n Devereux, Frances see Walsingham, Frances Devereux, Henry 68 Devereux, Lettice see Dudley, Lettice Devereux, Penelope see Rich, Penelope Devereux, Robert 2nd Earl of Essex 8, 10, ...
On This Day in Tudor History
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Claire Ridgway, 2012
Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling Tudor history books "The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown" and "The Anne Boleyn Collection". Claire worked in education and freelance writing before creating The Anne Boleyn Files history website and becoming a full-time history researcher, blogger and author. The Anne Boleyn File...
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273–4 Devereux, Frances, see also Seymour (née Devereux), Frances Devereux , Lettice, see Dudley (née Knollys; other married names Devereux, Blount), Lettice Devereux (née Garneys), Margaret, Viscountess Hereford (d. 1599) i.
The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire
The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire
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Dubbed the "pirate queen" by the Vatican and Spain's Philip II, Elizabeth I was feared and admired by her enemies. Extravagant, whimsical, and hot-tempered, Elizabeth was the epitome of power. Her visionary accomplishments were made possible by her daring merchants, gifted rapscallion adventurers, astronomer philosophers, and her sta...
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Paul E. J. Hammer, 1999
The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585-1597 Paul E. J. Hammer ... 1596l281, 320, 368 Devereux, Lettice (nee Knollysl, mother of Essex: see Dudley, Lettice Devereux, Penelope: see Rich, Penelope Devereux, ...
The Uncrowned Kings of England: The Black History of the Dudleys and the Tudor Throne
The Uncrowned Kings of England: The Black History of the Dudleys and the Tudor Throne
Derek Wilson, 2005
Wilson's campaign against the "black history" of the subtitle focuses on three generations of Dudleys, who had the misfortune to have much of their history written by their political opponents. Edmund Dudley pledged his loyalty to the first Tudor, Henry VII (1456–1509), and after the king's death was himself executed for his zea...
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A Great Love: Lettice and Robert Dudley | All Things Robert Dudley
Lettice, Viscountess Hereford, ‟one of the best-looking ladies of the court“, was 21 and pregnant with her third child, when she attracted the attentions of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, Queen Elizabeth's great favourite and long-term suitor (and lover, it was whispered). It was the first time in seven years that he had openly dared…
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Jean Plaidy's Royal Intrigue: BOOK REVIEW: My Enemy the Queen, by Victoria Holt
Here’s a story that webs the lives of Elizabeth I, Lettice Devereux (granddaughter of Mary Boleyn), the Earl of Leicester and finally the Earl of Essex (Lettice’s son)… In reading this novel, it would seem that Elizabeth had few other interests besides the Earl himself firstly, other young gents, and finally, power. She was portrayed as being ruthless, self-centered, vain, quite nasty, frivolous, superficial and vehemently jealous and possessive.
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Tudor Q and A: Question from Orla - Lettice Knollys' banishment from court
When Robert Dudley the earl of Leicester married Lettice Knollys, Elizabeth found out and banished Lettice from court, my question is to what extent would this have been carried out? Say if for example Elizabeth was holding court at Richmond Palace, was Lettice allowed to stay at her husband's residence in London, so she was not too far away, or was she not allowed in London at all and forced to stay in her husband's country estates?.
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Dreams of escape – George Gifford: courtier, con-man, conspirator | Mathew Lyons
Was Elizabeth's government right to forgive George Gifford his treason? Despite the notoriety which still clouds men like Anthony Babington, executed in 1586 for plotting to assassinate Elizabeth I, history's selective memory has been kind in overlooking the dubious career of other men who flirted with regicide in the same period. Indeed, one man, despite…
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Historically Obsessed: Book Review, My Enemy the Queen by Victoria Holt aka Jean Plaidy
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Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, son of Lettice Knollys, great-grandson of Mary Boleyn | LOL Hunt
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Enchanted by Josephine - ART & HISTORY Salon: BOOK REVIEW: My Enemy the Queen, by Victoria Holt
Good morning everyone:) For anyone interested on reading about Lettice Devereux (cousin to Elizabeth I, and also a Boleyn) and the Queen herself, you probably would enjoy My Enemy the Queen, by Victoria Holt. I just posted my review at Plaidy's Royal Intrigue.
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