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Essex and Henry V
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0893  Friday, 6 May 2005

[1]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Thursday, 05 May 2005 11:34:40 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0878 Essex and Henry V

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        Date:   Thursday, 05 May 2005 15:26:43 -0500
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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Thursday, 05 May 2005 11:34:40 -0700
Subject: 16.0878 Essex and Henry V
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0878 Essex and Henry V

"Can anyone give me a timeline for Essex' return from Ireland, the
subsequent conspiracy and his execution, and Henry 5. I'd very much like
to sort out, if it possible, the sequence of events."

Michelmas Day, 1590 - Elizabeth grants Essex the 'Farm of Sweet Wines'
August 14, 1598 - massacre of Yellow Ford
September  - Elizabeth heals rift with Essex
November - Elizabeth decides to send Essex to bring 'Tyrone to hid knees.'

February 1599 - Essex completes preparations for expedition to Ireland
2pm, March 27th, 1599 - Essex leads his troops down the Strand making
for Chester; he is followed for four miles by large crowds
April 1599 - Essex arrives in Dublin
May 9 - Essex starts his campaign in Ireland

Henry V performed in this time period. If the 'wooden O' reference is to
the Globe then it will be later in 1599. If the 'wooden O' is the
Curtain as Dover Wilson suggested, the date's up for grabs.

September 24, 1599 - Essex leaves Ireland in total failure.
4am, Friday September 28  - Essex returns to Westminster. He heads for
the queen at Nonsuch Palace
October 1 - Elizabeth confines Essex to York House
December 10 - Essex reported to be dead

August 1600 - Essex loses the 'license of sweet wines'. With this goes
his fortune.
September 1600 - Bacon refers to Essex as 'Icarus' - Essex, now totally
out of favour with Elizabeth and having lost the license, plots the
rebellion.

January 9, 1601 - Southampton duels with Grey. Southampton's page loses
his hand. From this point on Essex starts his spiral down.
February 2 - Lord Grey is released from the Tower by Elizabeth
Tuesday February 3rd - the coup is decided upon

Friday Feburary 6th - the rebels watch Shakespeare and the Chamberlain's
Men perform at the Globe - they subsequently ask for Richard II
2pm, Saturday February 7th - Richard II is presented to Essex supporters
by Chamberlain's Men

8pm, Saturday 7th February - Privy Council holds an emergency meeting on
the Essex 'situation'.
10pm, Saturday 7th February - the 'rebels' decide to make their move

Sunday 8th February 1601 - The Essex Rebellion
10:30am Essex has all of England at his feet. He emerges from Essex
House and turns east instead of west - his chance is gone.
10pm - Essex, now under arrest, is rowed down the Thames to the Tower -
He enters Traitor's Gate.

Ash Wednesday, February 25th, 1601 - Essex is executed. He dies
gallantly dressed in red and black; the axeman takes three blows.
Ironically, he is buried beside Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth's mother!

Colin Cox

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From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Thursday, 05 May 2005 15:26:43 -0500
Subject: 16.0878 Essex and Henry V
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0878 Essex and Henry V

Read Spedding's detailed account with sources in the Life and Letters of
Bacon, or Harrison's 1937 biography.

Frank Whigham

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