Elizabeth 1 Offers Assistance to the United Provinces.
Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (1532-1588), was the favourite of Elizabeth I from her accession until his death. He was a suitor for the Queen's hand for many years.
As patron of the Puritan movement, he supported non-conforming preachers but tried to mediate between them and the bishops of the Church of England. A champion also of the international Protestant cause, he led the English campaign in support of the Dutch Revolt (1585ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬"87). His acceptance of the post of Governor-General of the United Provinces infuriated Queen Elizabeth. The expedition was a military and political failure, and it ruined the Earl financially.
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