On this day in Tudor history, 4th June 1550, in the reign of King Edward VI, Robert Dudley married Amy Robsart.
Here are a few facts about Amy Robsart:
- Amy was born on 7th June 1532.
- She was the only child of Norfolk landowner Sir John Robsart.
- It’s thought she met Robert when the Dudleys stayed at the Robsart family home in Norfolk on their way to putting down Kett’s Rebellion in 1549.
- Robert and Amy’s marriage was a love match.
- Amy visited Robert when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1553 after the fall of his sister-in-law, Lady Jane Grey.
- Amy didn’t accompany Robert to court after Elizabeth I’s accession.
- She was found dead at the bottom of stairs on 8th September 1560. Her death is surrounded by controversy.
Here's a video about their marriage:
You can read more about Amy Robsart's death at:
- 8 September 1560 – The Death of Amy Dudley
- Amy Robsart – What do we really know about her by Christine Hartweg
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Image: Leicester and Amy Robsart at Cumnor Hall (1866) by Edward Matthew Ward.