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The Tudor Society

September 4 – Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, dies.

On this day in Tudor history, 4th September 1588, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, died at Cornbury.

He was on his way to Buxton to take the waters for his health.

The death of her favourite, and the man that is considered to be her 'true love', was a devastating blow to Elizabeth I and her reaction to the news shows just how much she loved her "sweet Robin".

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September 4 – Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, dies.