The Tudor Society

December 11 – Lady Douglas Sheffield, lover of Robert Dudley and mother of his son

Portrait of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, English School, and engraving of Sir Robert Dudley, after Hilliard.

On this day in history, 11th December 1608, Lady Douglas Sheffield was buried at St Margaret's Church, Westminster.

Douglas Sheffield (née Howard)had served as one of Queen Elizabeth I’s ladies and she'd been Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester's lover at one point, even having a son by him. Lady Sheffield also claimed to be Leicester's legal wife.

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