The Tudor Society

22 September – Amy Robsart and Anne of Cleves

The Death of Amy Robsart, as imagined by William Frederick Yeames, 1877

On this day in Tudor history, 22nd September 1560, Amy Dudley (née Robsart), wife of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was buried in the chancel of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford.

Amy had been found dead at the foot of the stairs of her home and the subsequent inquest had ruled her death as caused by "misfortune". She was buried in a lavish ceremony which cost her widower over £2,000.

Find out more about her burial, and who attended...

Book recommendation: “Amy Robsart: A Life and Its End” by Christine Hartweg

Find out more about Amy's death and the theories regarding it in my video on her death...

This day in Tudor history, 22nd September 1515, is the traditional birthdate of Anne of Cleves, a woman who would become King Henry VIII's fourth wife and queen consort, but only for six months!

She may have only been queen for a short time, but Anne of Cleves outlived Henry and all of his wives, and seems to have had a very good life.

Find out more about her and how she came to be Henry VIII's queen...

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