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Michael Adkins

March 27, 2007

Morgan-Curtis TTh 9:40-11:05

 

“Interesting Character Analysis of Robert Dudley aka ICARD”

 

     My choice of a character from the Elizabeth I period

 

of reign is a man named Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. 

 

Robert Dudley is a very interesting character.  Personally,

 

I think he is one of the most interesting characters in

 

16th century England.  Not only is Dudley quite interesting,

 

he is also quite intriguing.  Of course, I think

 

Robert Dudley was quite smooth with the ladies, especially

 

with Elizabeth.  I think it was his smooth talk and smooth

 

approaches that ultimately attracted her to “the man”

 

or Mr. Dudley.  So, why exactly did Elizabeth become the

 

female and one to have the closest of relations to

 

Robert Dudley?  Was it because Elizabeth and Dudley were

 

friends with each other from their childhood to Dudley’s

 

death in the late 16th century?  Was it their compatible

 

level of intelligence to each other?  Was it their trust

 

and respect for each other?  What exactly attracted

 

Elizabeth I to Dudley?  The exact answer to why Elizabeth

 

had her closest relations to Robert Dudley would certainly

 

take years if not possibly even decades to fully determine. 

 

The goal of this writing will merely be an attempt to state

 

at least some of the possible reasons why Dudley was able

 

to have close relations with Elizabeth in the 16th century.

 

     Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley had close relations

 

because they had a friendship that started back when Dudley

 

was just eight years old.  They met each other while

 

in the position of being taught in a royal classroom in

 

England.  Their friendship, which started in school during

 

their youth, would go on to last for the remainder of their

 

lives.  As time went along, the friendship situation of

 

Elizabeth and Robert Dudley progressed into a good

 

friendship.  As the good friendship went along, they

 

supposedly got closer and closer to each other.  It is

 

possible but not completely certain that since their

 

friendship progress managed to get so good that the two of

 

them actually moved to a level of having great affection

 

and love for one another.  This closeness they had in

 

friendship and possible love they might have had for

 

each other is one reason to support the notion as to why

 

Elizabeth and Dudley had the closest relations to each

 

other and why Elizabeth did not have closer relations to

 

any other man in England or even elsewhere for that matter.

 

     Both Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley had a good, strong

 

level of intelligence.  Since they both had just about the

 

exact same level of intelligence, they were able to talk to

 

each other with quite intelligent talk and were even able

 

to hold discussions about many of the same things due to

 

the fact that they both knew the same amount of information

 

about many of those same things.  Their equal or at least

 

very similar level of intelligence compatibility with each

 

other is another reason why Elizabeth and Dudley was able

 

to have really close relations with one another.

 

     It is no secret that both Elizabeth I and

 

Robert Dudley had both trust and something called respect

 

for one another.  They had so much trust and respect for

 

each other in fact that she made him her

 

Master of the Horse when she became the Queen of England in

 

1558.  The level of noticeable trust and respect Elizabeth

 

and Dudley had for each other yielded a great friendship

 

for them and might have even had the potential to be full

 

of enough good quality to bring on affection and love for

 

each other and almost enough to bring on marriage but just

 

barely not quite enough for that.  However, the trust and

 

respect they did have for each other did qualify them to

 

have a close relation situation together.

 

     Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester was a colorful and

 

unique character from 16th century England.  Dudley was able

 

to have close relations with Elizabeth I because they knew

 

each other from childhood and had a very similar or perhaps

 

even the same level of brightness with each other.  In

 

retrospect, Robert Dudley likely had one of the best

 

matches one could possibly have for marriage to Elizabeth,

 

but the marriage never came to fruition due to the reality

 

Elizabeth did not want to be married to anyone not even

 

Robert Dudley.

 

Works Cited

 

Britannia Biographies: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.

2001.  26 Mar. 2007

http://www.britannia.com/bios/lords/leicesterrd.html

 

Robert Dudley.

26 Mar. 2007

http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/robert-dudley.htm

 

Heather Thomas.  Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.  1998-2007.  26 Mar. 2007

http://www.elizabethi.org/us/queensmen/robertdudley.htm

 

Research Machines plc.  Leicester, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. 

2007.  26 Mar. 2007 http://www.tiscali.co.uk/reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0001960.html

 

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