Phoenix: Robert, Earl of Essex: An Elizabethan Icarus

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Robert, Earl of Essex, captured Elizabeth I's heart—and almost cost her the throne. Their relationship courted disaster, eventually leading the flamboyant earl to the block. Though fabled in romantic legends, he's even far more interesting in real life. Written by the bestselling author of The Year 1000, Sir Walter Ralegh, and Majesty, this study brilliantly interlaces the personal with the political.

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Overview

Robert, Earl of Essex, captured Elizabeth I's heart—and almost cost her the throne. Their relationship courted disaster, eventually leading the flamboyant earl to the block. Though fabled in romantic legends, he's even far more interesting in real life. Written by the bestselling author of The Year 1000, Sir Walter Ralegh, and Majesty, this study brilliantly interlaces the personal with the political.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781842122853
  • Publisher: Phoenix Press, WC2
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Phoenix Press Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 'He desired nothing more than to die in public' 1
2 The Devereux 6
3 The Boyhood of Essex 14
4 At the Court of Queen Elizabeth 24
5 'To my beloved and much honoured lord, the Earl of Essex, my best sword' 33
6 'Till birds sing in the morning' 39
7 The Armada 47
8 'A lady whom time hath surprised' 51
9 Shepherd of Albion's Arcadia 61
10 'I will adventure to be rich' 71
11 First Command 78
12 New Directions, New Friends 91
13 The Parliament of 1593 100
14 The First Setback 108
15 The Sad Case of Doctor Lopez 115
16 Violent Courses 121
17 Winters of Discontent 130
18 The Fall of Calais 137
19 The Capture of Cadiz 150
20 'A dangerous image' 165
21 The Islands Voyage 178
22 Lord Essex's Sickness 197
23 Felix and Bolingbroke 206
24 The Irish Enterprise 219
25 'A hatred in her as will never be reclaimed' 239
26 Confinement 250
27 'The licence of sweet wines lies at anchor aloof' 257
28 The Rebels 268
29 The Rebellion 286
30 The Trial 298
31 'I have nothing left but that which I must pay the Queen' 311
Notes 321
Index 331
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