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The Tudor Society

October 7 – George Gascoigne, a man who helped Robert Dudley with a marriage proposal

On this day in Tudor history, 7th October 1577, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, George Gascoigne died in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

As well as being an author and soldier, Gascoigne was a gifted poet. He was hired by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, in 1575 to provide entertainment for the queen's visit to Leicester's home, Kenilworth Castle. Leicester was going to make one final attempt to persuade the queen to marry him, and he hoped Gascoigne could help him.

Find out all about Gascoigne's masque, Zabeta, and what happened at Kenilworth...

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October 7 – George Gascoigne, a man who helped Robert Dudley with a marriage proposal