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28 August – Robert Dudley’s last letter to Elizabeth and Mary receives an unwelcome visit

On this day in Tudor history, 28th August 1588, an ailing Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, wrote his final letter to his queen and childhood friend, Elizabeth I. He wrote it while on his way to Buxton, in Derbyshire, to take the waters for his health.

The letter is very special because Elizabeth labelled it "His Last Letter" and kept it close by her until her own death in 1603.

In this video, I share a transcript of Robert Dudley's last letter, and talk about Elizabeth I's reaction to his subsequent death.

Also on this day in Tudor history, 28th August 1551, thirty-five-year-old Mary, future Mary I, received a visit from a delegation of men sent by her half-brother, thirteen-year-old King Edward VI.

Mary was being defiant and disobedient. She was ignoring her half-brother's orders and was breaking the laws of the land. What was she doing? She was continuing to celebrate the Catholic Mass in her household.

Find out more about what happened on this day in 1551 and how Mary handled it...

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28 August – Robert Dudley’s last letter to Elizabeth and Mary receives an unwelcome visit