On...29th September 1564, Robert Dudley was made Earl of Leicester, an earldom which had been planned earlier in the year to make him more acceptable as a bridegroom to Mary Queen of Scots. Yes, in the Spring of 1563, Elizabeth I offered her favourite, and the man she loved, Robert Dudley, to the Scottish Queen. How bizarre!
When she first spoke to William Maitland of Lethington, the Scottish Ambassador, about this idea, he laughed it off and then asked why Elizabeth herself did not marry Dudley and that way she could leave both her husband and kingdom to Mary Queen of Scots! (Read more.)Share