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(dĕv′ə-ro͞o′), Robert. Second Earl of Essex 1566?-1601.
English nobleman and favorite of Elizabeth I. He was executed for treason after attempting to incite the people of London to rebellion.


(Biography) Robert. See (2nd Earl of) Essex11


(ˈdɛv əˌru)

Robert, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1566–1601, English statesman, soldier, and courtier of Queen Elizabeth I.
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His mother was a Devereux, Lady Margaret Devereaux.
She was an extraordinarily beautiful girl, Margaret Devereux, and made all the men frantic by running away with a penniless young fellow-- a mere nobody, sir, a subaltern in a foot regiment, or something of that kind.
Margaret Devereux was one of the loveliest creatures I ever saw, Harry.
But neither bent the knee, for the young bridegroom replied in a tone that startled all listeners as the mask fell, disclosing the noble face of Ferdinand Devereux, the artist lover, and leaning on the breast where now flashed the star of an English earl was the lovely Viola, radiant with joy and beauty.
I can do more, for even your ambitious soul cannot refuse the Earl of Devereux and De Vere, when he gives his ancient name and boundless wealth in return for the beloved hand of this fair lady, now my wife.
Frederick's first-born, Frederick Augustus Howard Stanley Devereux Bullock, was born, old Osborne, who was invited to the christening and to be godfather, contented himself with sending the child a gold cup, with twenty guineas inside it for the nurse.
Astrophel' is a fanciful half-Greek anagram for the poet's own name, and Stella (Star) designates Lady Penelope Devereux, who at about this time married Lord Rich.
Devereux and her daughter in the elite Hillhouse/Trumbull neighborhood and their involvement there even after Lillie was married and moved away and Mrs.
LONDON Virgin Cinemas chairman Robert Devereux is set to become non-exec chairman of indie exhibitor Film Network after making a personal investment in the company.
Alan Devereux has been sacked as chairman of the ambulance service NHS trust.
Lady Penelope Devereux, best known as Penelope Rich, has long been of interest to scholars as the 'Stella' of Sir Philip Sidney's sonnet sequence Astrophil and Stella, as the influential sister of the second Earl of Essex who lost his head in 1601, and as the premier beauty of the Elizabethan court for whom much poetry and music was written.
Following the work of William Roger Louis and others who have studied the policies of particular governments, Devereux argues persuasively that the eight years he covers represent a period of steady change that transcends Labour or Conservative politics.