The walls were wainscoted half-way up, the wainscot being covered with green baize, the remainder with a bright- patterned paper, on which hung three or four prints of dogs' heads; Grimaldi winning the Aylesbury steeple-chase; Amy Robsart
, the reigning Waverley beauty of the day; and Tom Crib, in a posture of defence, which did no credit to the science of that hero, if truly represented.
His first wife Amy Robsart
died after a never-explained fall, he had an illegitimate child with another titled woman, and later married a titled widow who was barred from court by a jealous Queen Elizabeth I.
Perhaps the most famous episode in the castle's history is that recounted by Sir Walter Scott in Kenilworth: it revolves round the life and tragic death of Amy Robsart
, secretly married to Elizabeth I's favourite, the Earl of Leicester.
99 THIS mix of detective story and historical scholarship tells the story of Queen Elizabeth I, her favourite courtier Robert Dudley and Amy Robsart
- the unwanted wife.
Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart
Partly that was due to the scandal following the fact that Dudley's wife, Amy Robsart
, died when she fell down a flight of stairs.
, the favorite daughter of a wealthy provincial, marries for love, a rather remarkable achievement in 16th-century England, especially since her husband, the dashing, ambitious and worldly Robert Dudley, seems to return her affections.
However, Dudley was already married, to Amy Robsart
we are here to solemnise the noble owner's marriage [and] the happy bride is Amy Robsart
, the same who, to make up the May-game yesterday, figured in the pageant as the wife of his servant Varney" (Scott 1904: 486), which is not what we know from the novel, it becomes evident how easy the recounted event gets entangled in the interplay of various texts of reality and how multiplex the representation of the past is.
An inquest report for Dudley's wife, Amy Robsart
, who was thought to have fallen to her death down a flight of stairs, has been
Revealed: The Virgin Queen's Fatal Affair was partly filmed at Kenilworth Castle and historian Chris Skidmore explores the life of Robert's wife Amy Robsart
by William Frederic Yeames, 1884 (c) Wolverhampton Art Gallery; Amy Robsart
by William Frederic Yeames, 1884 (c) Wolverhampton Art Gallery