Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Indian Rulers--

Duleep Singh of Punjab

Duleep Singh of Punjab.

His lover was:
Ada Douglas Wetherill.
[Bio2:Duleep Singh website]
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Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal
Prime Minister of Nepal.

His lovers were:
Laura Bell
1) Laura Bell (1829-1894).
British courtesan & evangelist.

Daughter ofRobert H. Bell, Bailiff of Marquess of Hertford

Wife ofCaptain August Frederick Thistlewayte, (married 1852).

" . . . After 1849 Laura Bell moved to London where her conquest of Jung Bahadur, a Nepalese Prince and prime minister and virtual ruler of Nepal from 1846-1877, established her reputation as a courtesan. It has been claimed that in the short time that Laura Bell was his mistress she deprived him of a quarter of a million pounds." (Hidden Gems & Forgotten People)

" . . . Laura Bell was given 250,000 pounds by the Nepalese Prince Jung Bahadoor -- about 12 million pounds today, and whether it was for a single night, as is sometimes suggested, or spread over the whole period of their acquaintance is beside the point. . . ." (Madams: Bawds & Brothel-Keepers of London)
Lola Montez

Irish dancer, actress & courtesan

" . . . She was at the Jardin Mabille that afternoon when Jung Bahadur arrived as she was performing at the Bal Mabille, an institute of dance founded in 1831 AD.  She coquettishly approached Jung Bahadur while he was practicing his shooting at a range.  The chivalrous Jung saw the young beauty and offered her his gun to shoot.  Lola took the gun and accidentally pulled the trigger, the bullet hitting the thigh of Colonel Dhir Shumsher.  The wound was not a serious one and Jung laughed out loud in a guffaw, the accident considered a minor episode in the larger design of things to follow.  Jung Bahadur was smitten by the twenty-nine-year-old Lola.  An affair followed to the chagrin of Jung's retinue including his brothers Jagat and Dhir who thought it best to hush it. Henceforth, wherever Jung visited Lola was not far behind.  IN a short while she was already a part of Jung's Nepalese contingent. It was rumored that Lola spoke broken Hindi, perhaps her parents had served in India, which made Jung's conversation with her less tiring that with Laura Bell.  Jung had a lighter step henceforth."  (Jung Bahadur Rana and the Dancing Damsels-The Sojourn in France @History Lessons Nepal) [Ref1] [Ref4]
Karim Aga Khan IV
Imam of the Ismaili Muslims

Son of
Prince aly Khan & Joan Yarde-Buller.

Husband of:
1. Sally Crocker Poole. (1940-?), mar 1969, div 1994

Serial philanderer, workaholic philanthropist.
"The current Aga Khan's life has been a remarkable paradox: he is both a serial philanderer and a 'workaholic' philanthropist, a jet-setter renowned for his hedonistic habits and yet leader of a powerful and progressive Shia Islamic group. It is his ability to straddle both the religious and secular worlds that makes the Aga Khan so intriguing." (Mark Hollingsworth)

Aga Khan IV's physical appearance & personal qualities.
' . . . Darkly handsome, urbane and aristocratic . . . at 20, while still an economics student at Harvard, Prince Karim became the Aga Khan, a position for which he was ill-prepared. . . The Aga Khan has three passions -- women, horses and skiing. . . 'Continuity' is not a word associated with the Aga Khan's relationships with women. For the Aga Khan, women must be both subservient and decorative. 'There is no discussion on this,' he told his second wife, the Begum Inaara, at the beginning of their marriage. 'I determine things. You obey'"" (Mark Hollingsworth)

His lovers were:
1) Ariane Soldati.
" . . . And later Ariane Soldati, an Egyptian who came under the Aga Khan's spell after her husband died in a polo accident." (Mark Hollingsworth)

2) Sally Crocker Poole.
(1st wife)
"In 1968 he had met Sally Croker-Poole. Seduced by the Aga Khan's attentive courtship and gifts of expensive jewellery, Sally, the daughter of a colonel in the Bengal Lancers, accepted his proposal of marriage, converted to Islam and took the title of the Begum Salimah. . .  But it was not long before the Aga Khan took mistresses and the couple assumed separate lives. . .  In 1994 came the inevitable divorce. Sally emerged with 20 million pounds and auctioned off her jewellery for 17.5 million pounds through Christie's. Now 67, she now spends her time between her 25 million pound mansion overlooking Lake Geneva and 10,700 sq. ft. 15 million pound London apartment at Hyde Park Gardens, known as the 'Palazzo Apartment'. She has since remarried. Her husband, French lawyer Philippe Lizop, is deputy chairman of David Linley and Co." (Mark Hollingsworth)

"Born in 1971, Prince Rahim is the second child of the Aga Khan and his first wife. When K, as the Aga Khan is known, proposed to Sally Croker-Poole in 1960, the former model and 1958 debutante was warned about his infidelities. But Sally, whose first marriage to Lord James Crichton-Stuart had been a disaster, was ready to settle down. She had had a series of boyfriends -- financier Sir James Goldsmith, tipster Charles Benson and backgammon hustler Phillip Martyn -- but all were gamblers and Sally wanted stability. She and the Aga Khan went on to have three children: Princess Zahra, 37, Prince Rahim, 36, and Prince Hussain, 34." (Mark Hollingsworth)

3) Beatrice van Pallandt
Prinzessin von der Schulenburg.

Daughter ofFrederik, Freiherr van Pallandt.

Wife of: Jeffrey Werner von der Schulenburg. married ?, divorced 2005.

Natural Offspring:
a. Beatrice von der Schulenburg.

4) Milena Maffei.

" . . . One mistress, Italian beauty Milena Maffei, hung around for years in the hope that he would divorce Sally. . . ." (Mark Hollingsworth)

5) Pilar von Goess(1956-?)
Grafin von Goess.

Daughter ofFranz Anton, Graf von Goess & Ann Nichols.

" . . . Then there was Austrian Pilar Goess who had posed nude for Playboy magazine. . . ." (Mark Hollingsworth)
[Ref1:Alexander Palace]
[Ref2:Esoteric Curiosa]
Osman Ali Khan
Nizam of Hyderabad
"Prince Mukarram Jah was crowned the 9th Nizam of Hyderabad in 1967 following the death of Osman Ali Khan.  He soon found himself the target of literally hundreds of lawsuits as descendants of the 7th Nizam (who had fathered at least 200 illegitimate children, by over 80 mistresses!) vied for a share of Osman Ali Khan's enormous fortune...." (

". . . He had a prodigious appetite for sex, and had one of the largest private pornographic collections in the world---using hidden cameras inside his zenana and private guest quarters.  Before he died, he sired children from 86 mistresses in his harem and had more than 100 illegitimate children.  behind a legacy of legal disputes with hundreds of descendants fighting over money and real estate."  (New Indian Express)
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Tukoji Rao Holkar III
Maharaja of Indore
Maharaja of Indore.

His lover was:
Mumtaz Begum.

" . . . In the early 1920s, the Indore court had accused Maharaja Tukoji Rao Holkar's mistress, Mumtaz Begum, who had fled to Bombay, with stealing state jewels and put out a warrant for her extradition and arrest. . . ." (Royal Patronage, Power and Aesthetics in Princely India)

"Woman who had themselves lived in princely zenanas also became film actresses or brought their stories to the big screen. The notorious Malabar Hill Murder, which came to trial in the Bombay High Court in 1925, involved a Muslim courtesan, Mumtaz Begum, and her princely lover Maharaja Tukoji Rao Holkar of Indore. Mumtaz had lived since her adolescence as a dancing girl in the Indore zenana as the Maharaja's lover. In 1925, she escaped to Bombay, where she found a wealthy new protector, a Muslim businessman by the name of Bawla. While on an evening drive with Bawla in Malabar Hill, her car was attacked and her lover murdered by emissaries of the Indore household. Through the intervention of three British army officers, who were returning from an afternoon round of golf she survived the incident and lived to give damning oral evidence, which eventually forced the Maharaja to abdicate in 1926. This tale all the ingredients -- love, sex, murder, 'debauched' royalty and colonial repression -- for filmi melodrama. Mumtaz took her story to Bombay were it was transformed into the film Kulin Kanta (directed by Homi Master, 1925), an early form of the courtesan genre in Hindi cinema. Later, it was rumoured she left for the even greener pastures of Hollywood. Similarly, Sitara Devi, a performer at the court of the Nawab of Rampur, became a prominent film actress in the 1930s." (Royal Patronage, Power and Aesthetics in Princely India)

Brunswick Dukes--

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Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg

Also known as:
Heinrich V
Wilde Heinz von Wolfenbuttel.

Son of: Heinrich I von Braunschweig-Luneburg & Catharina von Pommern.

Husband of
1. Maria von Wurttemberg (d.1541) mar 1515 
2. Zofia Jagiellonka of Poland 1522-1575) mar 1556

His lover was
Eva von Trott (1506-1567) 
German royal mistress.

" . . . The beautiful Evan von Trott was his mistress, and by her he had seven illegitimate children. In order to keep his relation to her secret, he caused it to be spread abroad that she was dead, and attended a fictitious burial, in order to give foundation to the report; then, he removed her to the castle of Stauffenburg, where she lived in the greatest seclusion." (Hawkins, 1838, p. 372)

" . . . Finally, this was, after all, the grandson of Heinrich der Jungere, who staged the apparent death of his mistress Eva von Trott. Having substituted a wax dummy for Eva's putative corpse, Heinrich der Jungere spirited the real Eva off to a nearby castle where she flourished quite nicely, bearing him three further illegitimate children before her relatives caught on to the game." (Wade: 77)

"...His private life was also scandalous. Outwardly professing the Catholic religion, he ventured to mock one of its most sacred rites by pretending to have his mistress, Evan von Trott, buried, though for years afterwards he kept her privately in one of his castles." (Smith: 393)
Erich I von Braunschweig-Luneburg.
His lover was:
Anna Rumschottel

" . . . When, in 1528, Elisabeth fell ill in bed when she was pregnant, she held the witchcraft of her husband's mistress, Anna Rumschottel, responsible. She persuaded her husband to hold a trial. In the process, several women were burned to death, but the duke allowed his mistress to escape. She was however burnt to death in Hamelin." (Wikipedia)
Son ofAnton Ulrich von Braunschweig-Luneburg & Elisabeth von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderborg-Nordborg.

His lover was
Lover in 1701-1702?.

"Thus, at fourteen, she was found a position as a companion to Princess Sophie Amalie, daughter of Duke Christian Albrecht of Holstein-Gottorp and his wife, born Frederika Amalie of Denmark. After twelve months, Sophie Amalie had to leave the family home to address her fiance, Prince August Wilhelm, heir to the house of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Of course, Anna Constantia accompanied Sophie Amalie.

Apparently, Anna Constantia was immediately allowed to drag a relationship with a younger brother of August Wilhelm, Louis Rudolf, who was already married to Christine de Oettingen. The story broke when Anna Constantia remained pregnant: she was immediately expelled from the court and returned to her parents, who were still residing in Gut Depenau. Predictably, the von Brockdorff felt ashamed and furious at having to take in that daughter who had not known how to take care of herself. It is not known what happened with the pregnancy, if it was interrupted or if it came to term." (Foros Dinastias)
Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand
of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel

Son ofKarl I von Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel & Philippine Charlotte von Preussen.
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Augusta of Great Britain
Husband ofAugusta of Great Britain (1737-1813), daughter of Frederick, Prince of Wales & Augusta of Saxe-Gotha
Maria Antonia Pessina von Branconi
His lovers were:
1) Maria Antonia Branconi (1746-1793)
Lover in 1766-1777.

Also known as:
Maria Antonia von Elzener

Wife ofFrancesco de Pessina Branconi (d.1766), a Neapolitan royal official

Natural offspring:
a. Karl Anton FerdinandGraf von Forstenburg (1767-1794).

"She was the daughter of German-Italian parents and was raised in Naples. At the age of twelve, she married the royal official Francesco de Pessina Branconi (d. 21 October 1766), with whom she had one daughter and one son. In November 1766, she met the heir of the throne of Brunswick, who made a study trip through Europe after his marriage in 1764. She entered into a relationship with him and followed him back to Brunswick in Germany, where she became his official favorite. The couple had a child, Karl Anton Ferdinand (1767–1794). Branconi lived in her own palace at Wilhelmstrasse in Brunswick, where she entertained a large social life. In 1774, she and her two children with her husband was ennobled by emperor Joseph II as "von Branconi". The relationship with Karl was finished when he entered into a relationship with Luise Hertefeld in 1777. Branconi made several trips in Europe and lived in Paris 1787–1791. She had a son, Jules Adolph Marie, in a new relationship in 1788. Branconi was acquainted with the professors at the university of Brunswick, among them JJ Eschenburg and Johann Arnold Ebert. She was also acquainted with Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim, Sophie von La Roche and Johann Caspar Lavater and corresponded with Goethe from 1780." (Wikipedia)

2) Luise von Hertefeld.
Lover in 1777.
Duke of Brunswick
Son ofFriedrich Wilhelm von Braunschweig-Luneburg & Maria von Baden.

His lover was:
Lady Charlotte Colville.

Natural offpring:
a. Elisabeth Wilhelmine von Civry (1826-1880), Countess of Colmar.

Conde Princes--

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Louis II de Bourbon
4th Prince de Conde
the Great Conde
4th Prince de Conde
French aristocrat & general

Premier Prince of the Blood
4th Prince of Conde 1646
4th Duke of Enghien
11th Duke of Bourbon
6th Duke of Montmorency
Duke of Chateauroux
3rd Duke of Bellegarde
Duke of Fronsac

Physical appearance & personal qualities.
" . . . His eyes were blue and full of vivacity; his nose was aquiline, his mouth was very disagreeable from being very large, and his teeth too prominent; but in his countenance generally there was something great and haughty, somewhere resembling an eagle. He was not very tall, but his figure was perfectly proportioned. He danced well, had an agreeable expression, a noble air, and a very fine head." (The Life of Louis, Prince of Condé: Surnamed the Great: 10)

"Physically, as well as in the quality of their minds, the brother and sister who resembled each other in the grandeur of their characters, were very different. There was, even when he was quite young, a soldierly roughness in the speech and appearance of the Duc d'Enghien. He was not handsome, although he had that indefinable peculiarity, le grand air, as well as a fine head, a varying expression in the fiery blue eyes, whose colour was like that of his sister's, an abundance of wavy hair, and a well-proportioned, well-shaped figure. He was apt to be plain-spoken, though his manners were perfect, and his literary tastes inclined strongly to Corneille, whose magnificent language and strength of sentiments he thoroughly appreciated." (The Life of Madame de Longueville (Anne-Geneviève de Bourbon): 23)

His character.
"Unhappily for the Duc d'Enghien and for France, his father and his teachers, while spring no pains to develop his talents and to strengthen his body, had not succeeded in correcting certain grave defects of character, which, as he grew older, were to become more pronounced and to end by tarnishing his fame. The lad was fearlessly brave, open-handed, quick-witted, and full of energy and determination. But he was haughty and overbearing, thoroughly selfish, and supremely indifferent to the sufferings and susceptibilities of others, when he had ends of his own to serve." (The Love Affairs of the Condes: 183)
Claire-Clemence de Maille-Breze 
Husband ofClaire-Clemence de Maille-Breze (1628-1694), mar 1641, Duchesse de Fronsac 1646, Comtesse de Beaufort 1646

Also known as:
Mademoiselle de Breze.
Madame la Duchesse d'Enghien

Daughter of: Urbain de Maille, Marquis de Breze & Nicole du Plessis de Richelieu.

"The niece in question was Claire-Clemence de Maille-Breze, daughter of the Marechal Duc de Breze, who had married 'solely for her beauty,' as he was never tired of reminding the Cardinal, Richelieu's pretty but eccentric sister, Nicole du Plessis. Born on 28 February, 1628, Claire-Clemence's infancy was passed with her parents at the Chateau of Milly, in Anjou. But when the unfortunate Nicole's eccentricity turned to madness, and the marshal began to console himself openly with the widow of one of his valets de chambre, the Cardinal decided that it was time to remove his niece; and, in 1633, took advantage of an epidemic which was then ravaging Anjou to send her to the Chateau des Caves, near Nogent-sur-Seine, to the Bouthilliers, whose fortune he had made, and who were entirely devoted to him." (The Love Affairs of the Condes (1530-1740): 188)

Arranged marriage with a Prince of the Blood.
"When she was five years old, her uncle, the Cardinal, arranged her betrothal to the French prince du sang, Louis de Bourbon, who would become the renowned general le Grand Condé, "the Great Condé." Under the pretext of educating her, she was taken from her family and entrusted to Mme Boutillier, wife of the Superintendent of Finance, who gave her a mediocre education. Upon her coming of age at thirteen, the marriage was concluded at Milly-le-Meugon. Louis, then the duc d'Enghien, was barely twenty years old and had already had several mistresses. In love at the time with Marthe Poussard (called Mlle du Vigean), he protested in vain against the marriage, but his father, Henri, Prince of Condé, forced him to wed Claire Clémence. The marriage took place on 11 February 1641 at the Palais-Royal in Paris." (Wikipedia)
Louis II de Bourbon
Duc d'Enghien

His lovers were
Isabelle de Montmorency
Duchesse de Chatillon
Lover in 1651.

Also known as:
Isabelle-Angelique de Montmorency-Bouteville
Isabelle de Bouteville.

Wife of: Gaspard de Coligny (d.1649), Duc d'Enghien, Duc de Chatillon, mar 1645.

Gave his mistress up to a close friend.
"Returning to Paris at the end of this campaign, he gave himself up with ardour to the pursuit of fresh amours. He fell passionately in love with Mademoiselle de Boutteville, of the House of Montmorency, and consequently a relation of the Princess of Conde; but it so happened that one of the most intimate friends of the young Prince, the Duke de Chatillon sur Loing, was in love with the same person, and wished to marry her. Chatillon was brother of Coligny, who had fought the Duke de Guise. To disarm his formidable rival, he could think of no plan so good as to call upon him and confide to him, as his friend, both his passion and his intentions. Accordingly, Enghien, touched by this candour, had the generosity to sacrifice his own love to that of his rival. He did more: he supplied Chatillon with the means of carrying off and marrying his mistress, and afterwards pacified the anger of Madame de Bouteville and the Princess of Conde; and in spite of the attachment which he still felt, he was seen, till the death of the Duke de Chatillon, scrupulously to respect the ties which he himself had formed." (The Life of Louis, Prince of Condé: Surnamed the Great: 34)

"Isabelle-Angelique de Montmorency, duchesse de Chatillon, offers another brilliant illustration of the determining influence of lineage with respect to political choices. She was a Montmorency and a close cousin of the dowager princess of Conde. In 1645, she married Gaspard de Coligny, one of the famous young courtiers in the entourage of her cousin (himself still just the duc d'Enghien at the time). Coligny became the duc de Chatillon the following year. In other words, once the Fronde began, the duchesses's side had been chosen for her in advance. After the death of her husband, who was killed during the blockade in the attack of Charenton (8 February 1649), the 20-year-old widow showed herself to be consoled by the duc de Nemours before becoming Conde's mistress in 1651. The news of the princes' arrest reached her at her estate in Chatillon-sur-Loing. She joined the dowager princess in Chantilly and, after the dowager fled, she welcomed her in Chatillon, where the princess died on 2 December 1650, a few weeks before her children were released from prison. In 1652, the duchess began to play an important role in the Fronde, owing to the influence she had gained over her cousin, Conde. Strengthened by the complete trust of the prince, she took it upon herself to negotiate on his behalf with Mazarin. Thus she left for Saint-Germain with a brilliant retinue; all she lacked, joked Nogent, was 'an olive branch in her hand.' But the shrewd cardinal appeased her with nothing more substantial than kindness. . . ." (Political and Historical Encyclopedia of Women: 45)

The most finished coquette of her time.
"Of these nymphs, two---Isabelle de Bouteville and Marthe du Vigean---were destined to figure very prominently in the life of the Great Conde. They presented a singular contrast. Isabelle de Bouteville, who, under the name of Duchesse de Chatillon, was to achieve celebrity as the most finished coquette of her time, was an imperious young beauty, who already appreciated to the full the power of her own attractions. Insatiable for admiration, she disdained no conquests, encouraging and rebuffing by turns the troop of adorers who gathered about her, and rehearsing thus early with the Duc d'Enghien and the younger of the two boys who were to bear the title of Duc de Nemours the part she was one day to play with them on another stage. . . ." (The Love Affairs of the Condes (1530-1740): 186)

2) Marthe Poussard (1623-1665)
Lover in 1641?-1645.

Also known as:
Marthe du Vigean
Mademoiselle du Vigean.

Daughter of: Francois Poussard, Marquis de Fors, Baron du Vigean, King's Gentleman of the Bedchamber & Anne de Beubourg, daughter of Roland, Sieur de Sercelles.

"Marthe du Vigean was a very different kind of girl. Modest and gentle, she hardly seemed to be aware of the admiration which she aroused . . . Unfortunately, no portrait of her, either painted or engraved, has been preserved, nor have we any detailed description of her among the writings of her contemporaries which can supply its place. But her beauty would appear to have been of a peculiarly appealing type, the reflection of a character gentle, pure and unselfish." (The Love Affairs of the Condes: 186)

Personal & family background.

"Although not in the first rank of the French nobility, the Du Vigeans were high in favour at Court, and Madame du Vigean was one of Madame la Princesse's most intimate friends. She was very rich and gave magnificent fetes at her country-seat of La Barre, and Marthe was a considerable heiress. In ordinary circumstances, therefore, the Duc d'Enghien might not have despaired of obtaining his father's and the King's---that is to say, Richelieu---consent to the match, for the princes of the House of Bourbon had often sought their wives among the daughters of noble and wealthy French families. But, unhappily for the lovers, Monsieur le Prince had other views for his son, and had long since selected a wife for him." (The Love Affairs of the Condes (1530-1740): 187)

"Soon afterwards, or perhaps at the same time, the young Prince became enamoured of Mademoiselle de Vigean. According to a lady of the Court---'I have more than once heard her mother, Madame de Vigean, say that he had oten told her that he would break off his marriage (having married the Duchess d'Enghien, his wife, by compulsion), so that he might espouse her daughter, and that he had even taken some steps towards this end.' Mademoiselle (thus was called the daughter of the Duke of Orleans, and the heiress of the Duke de Montpensier) adds that 'Monsieur le Duc d'Enghien had already mentioned it to Cardinal Mazarin.' But it seems that the secret having been revealed to the Prince of Conde, this latter burst into a rage against the two lovers, whose project he entirely disconcerted. It is with regret that one sees the heart of a hero conceive a project no less unjust than it was cruel, the Duchess d'Enghien having been quite as much constrained in her marriage as he was, and having ever since conducted herself in a most irreproachable manner. The Duke's judgment must have been warped by a most vehement passion; and indeed it is said that when he was obliged to separate himself from Mademoiselle de Vigean for the campaign of 1646, he swooned away with grief." (The Life of Louis, Prince of Condé: Surnamed the Great: 35)
Ninon de l'Enclos
3) Ninon de l'Enclos (1620-1705)
French author, courtesan & patron of the arts

Also known as:
Anne de Lenclos
Mademoiselle de l'Enclos.

"The Duc d'Enghien did not poniard himself, but neither did he amend his ways to any appreciable extent. His conquests in the pays de tendre far outnumbered those beyond the Rhine, but the very ease with which they were achieved deprived them of all value in his eyes and speedily quenched the flame of passion: indeed, the only woman to whose charms he seems to have been really sensible was the celebrated Ninon de l'Enclos, to whom his attention seems first to have been drawn by the enthusiastic praises of their common friend Saint-Evremond. For a year or two the prince was a frequent visitor at Ninon's hotel in the Rue des Tournelles, and the lady, whose vanity was flattered by the admiration of the hero of the hour, was very kind to him indeed. But it was not in Ninon's nature to be faithful to any one for long---'I shall love you for three months,' she once wrote to a new admirer,' and three months is an eternity!'---and, besides, the victor of Rocroi made war a great deal better than he made love, and preferred to receive homage rather than offer it. So gradually her affection cooled, and when the prince, on his return from the campaign of 1648, reproached her for having encouraged the intrigue between his sister Madame Longueville and La Rochefoucauld, and for permitting the lovers to meet at her house, she dismissed him and consoled herself with the Marquis de Villarceaux, who had long sued for her favours." (The Love Affairs of the Condes (1540-1730): 209)


Essex Earls----

Robert Devereaux
2nd Earl of Essex
2nd Earl of Essex
English aristocrat
Favourite of Elizabeth I

Husband of Frances Walsingham, mar 1590, daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham

First encounter with Elizabeth I of England.
" . . . In 1584, being in his 17th year, he appeared at the court of queen Elizabeth, who immediately honoured him with singular marks of favour, as he was not only her relation, but the son of one of her most faithful servants, the son-in-law of her favourite Leicester, and a very handsome and accomplished youth. . . ." (A Universal Biography, 3rd Series: 255)

Two-timing Earl .
" . . . By this time Essex was the most audacious and worldly figure in late Elizabethan court. But only was his wife Frances (nee Walsingham; formerly Sidney) pregnant, but he was having affairs with four maids of honour simultaneously. . . ." ('Untamed Desire'': 43)

Unchaste manner of life.
" . . . Lady Bacon had a short time before regretted in a letter to her son, namely, 'thy Earl's unchaste manner of life,' or to the share Essex had in the marriage of Southampton. The names of at least four ladies of the Court were, however, coupled with his: Elizabeth Southwell, who indeed bore him a son, named Walter Devereux, Lady Mary Howard, Mrs. Russell, and the 'fairest Brydges.' Which of these ladies was, at the period in question, the object of his affections, we cannot say; but it is certain that each, in her turn, excited the jealousy of Elizabeth, and gave poor Lady Essex many a heart-ache." (Lives and Letters of the Devereux ,Earls of Essex: 475)

Devereux's personal & family background.
"Robert was born on November 10, 1566 in the family of Walter Devereux, Earl of Essex, a former governor of Ireland, and Laetitia Knollys, Elizabeth's cousin (from her mother, Anne Boleyn). After the mysterious death of her husband Leticia Essex secretly married a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, Earl of Leicester." (The 100 Best Articles)

Physical appearance & personal qualities.
"Essex was in person tall and well-proportioned, with a countenance which, though not strictly handsome, possessed, on account of its bold, cheerful and amiable expression, a wonderful power of fascination. He was a patron of literature, and himself a poet. His carriage was not very graceful, but his manners are said to have been 'courtly, grave and exceedingly comely.' He was brave, chivalrous, impulsive, imperious sometimes with his equals, but generous to all his dependants and incapable of secret malice;  and these virtues, which were innate and which remained with him to the last, must be regarded as somewhat counterbalancing . . . the follies and vices created by temptations which were exceptionally strong." (Luminarium)
Robert Devereux
2nd Earl of Essex
His lovers were:
1) Elizabeth.
" . . . At about the same time her niece, also Elizabeth, the goddaughter of the queen and Robert Dudley's cousin once removed, arrived at court as yet another adolescent maid. . . ." ('Untamed Desire': Sex in Elizabethan England: 43)

2) Elizabeth Southwell (1567-1602)
Maid-of-honour 1588/89

Natural Offspring:
Walter Devereux (1591-1641)
Lover 1567-1602 or 1591

"One of them, Elizabeth Southwell, half-sister to the mariner Sir Robert Southwell, was also pregnant and gave birth to a boy, who was taken into the Essex clan. . . ." ('Untamed Desire'': 43)

". . . One of the maids, Elizabeth Southwell, even became pregnant by Essex in 1591.  However, he was, for the moment, shielded from the potentially disastrous consequences of all his amorous pursuits. Thomas Vavasour took the blame for 'Mrs Southwell['s] lamnes in her legg', enduring the queen's anger and a brief spell of imprisonment for his alleged misconduct.  Nevertheless, this affair would return to haunt Essex in his later career" (Hammer: 95)

3) Lady Mary Howard.

4) Mistress Russell.

5) Mistress Bridges.
"On the 11th February, we hear that 'it is spied out by some, that my Lord of Essex is again fallen in love with his fairest B.: it cannot choose but come to Her Majesty's ears, and then he is undone.' . . . The lady in question was Mrs. Brydges, a maid of honour and celebrated beauty, who had been in some disgrace the preceding April on this account.  

Elizabeth Paulet
Countess of Essex

Wife of: Robert Devereaux, 3rd Earl of Essex.

Her lover was:
Sir Thomas Uvedale

"In 1630, Essex married Elizabeth Paulet, but six years later this marriage collapsed because of her adultery with Sir Thomas Uvedale. When Elizabeth gave birth to a son in November 1636, many believed Uvedale to be the father. Essex once again became the laughing-stock of the court. He accepted the child as his own and even forgave the countess, but when the child died the following month Essex despairingly gave up all hope of a successful marriage and an heir to his title." (BCW Project)