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15 April – The beginning of the end for Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

You'd think that the appointment of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland might be something to be pleased about, but Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, who was sworn in as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland on this day in 1599, was not at all happy. He didn't want to be in Ireland!

The earl's time in Ireland was to be his undoing, as the arrogant earl decided to ignore the queen's orders and do his own thing. Oh dear! Find out what happened in today's video.

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