The Queen's relations with men were often couched in romantic terms. She maintained likely romantic friendships with Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor from 1587 to 1591, Sir Walter Raleigh, and, in her old age, with the much younger Robert Devereux (the Earl of Essex). But of all her liaisons, the most overt and most certain was with her Master of the Horse, Lord Robert Dudley, whom she named the Earl of Leicester in 1564. During most of his career as Master of the Horse, Leicester (Lord Dudley) lived apart from his wife and very close to the Queen. Dudley's wife was slowly dying, probably of breast cancer, but Dudley left his dying wife in their lonely castle by herself, preferring nearly constant service to the Queen, despite the fact that his post was a decorative and fairly unimportant one. Needless to say, the fact that Dudley was married
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