The Tudor Society
  • September 16 – Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex

    A portrait of Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex, by an unknown artist, NPG.

    On this day in Tudor history, 16th September 1539, in the reign of King Henry VIII, nobleman, soldier and adventurer Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex, was born at Chartley in Staffordshire.

    Devereux was the eldest son of Sir Richard Devereux and Dorothy Hastings, and the father of Elizabeth I’s favourite Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex.

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