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Essex, Robert Devereux, 2d earl of Essex, Robert Devereux,, 1567–1601, English courtier and favorite of Queen Elizabeth I . Succeeding to the earldom on the death (1576) of his father, he came under the guardianship of Lord Burghley and soon won favor at court. He distinguished himself in action while serving (1585–86) as a cavalry officer in the Netherlands under his stepfather, Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester. When he returned to England he soon became a marked favorite of the queen, a position that involved him in a quarrelsome rivalry with Sir Walter Raleigh . In 1590 he angered the queen by secretly marrying the widow of Sir Philip Sidney . The following year he commanded a flamboyant but unsuccessful expedition to Normandy to help Henry of Navarre (Henry IV of France). He returned home and, advised by Francis Bacon , entered politics in an effort to seize power from the aging Burghley. But Essex was too obvious and impetuous in his
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