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.
Clarke and the Duke of York, or Charles Fox sharing women with his friends, who would never have heard several centuries before about the Amy Robsart
affair or the Somerset/Overbury murder scandal.
King o' Scots (based on The Fortunes of Nigel) had opened in 1868, Amy Robsart
(Kenilworth) in 1870, Rebecca (Ivanhoe) in 1871, The Lady of the Lake in 1872, and Richard Coeur de Lion (The Talisman) in 1874.
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.The Earl of Leicester was a member of the Dudley family - and we know what happened to them.
Chris Skidmore/Phoenix, pounds 8.99 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
. Chris Skidmore.
Chris Skidmore, the newly elected Tory MP for Kingswood, is a young Tudor historian whose recent book, Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart
(Weidenfeld and Nicholson), offers a plausible explanation of one of the enduring mysteries of English history.
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.
33 Amy Robsart
's mysterious death caused upheaval at the court of Elizabeth I as her husband was a favourite of the queen - who was he?
, 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.