1. The tinder sentiment seems real enough…I am delighted to see my 12th great grandmohter’s correspondence with the future Queen. The fact that she did come back and serve her queen as she did makes me believe she understood her to be her 1/2 sister. Her Daughter’s child with Lord Robert Dudley 1533 must have a terribly distressing time, but since the boy Essex was also a lady in waiting’s son to the Queen by her prime love interest the relationship would have more connection than a cousins child. I read recently that the ring she gave to ESSEX should he ever need her help was not delivered to Elizabeth when he sent it…for which the Queen supposedly told the woman “I can never forgive you” in failing to notify her of his peril….

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