Tuesday, March 18, 2014

On This Day in Elizabethan History: The Fall of the City of Le Havre

An engraving of Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick. Picture acquired through Wikimedia Commons. Image public domain.

On this day in Elizabethan history in 1563, the city of Le Havre fell. Le Havre was known both as as Franciscopolis and The Harbor of Grace in the 16th century. Queen Elizabeth I had sent troops to the city, led by Ambrose Dudley,Earl of Warwick, brother of her favorite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. After the siege, the Elizabeth I paid a key role in negotiating the Treaty of Troyes, which was signed in 1564. To read more about the siege of Le Havre and the Treaty of Troyes, please read our article here.