A picture of the Earl of Essex, next to a scroll.
Text: Thankfully he had high connections.
Text on scroll: I understand by this bearer, my servant Meyricke of your willing disposition to favour Thomas Percy, a near kinsman to my brother of Northumberland, who is in trouble for some offence imputed unto him. I pray you to continue the same, that thereby his life may not be in hazard. He is a gentleman well descended and of good parts, and very able to do his country good service; you shall do a thing very acceptable to us both and not disagreeable with equity, which we will upon all occasions deserve of you.
Around the Earl’s head “(9th Earl of Northumberland)Henry Percy’s brother-in-law”
Arrow pointing to the Earl – Robert Devereux 2nd Earl of Essex (later executed for the Essex Rebellion)
Even if you’re 34 or so and kill a guy you’re still able to get out of it if you’ve got high connections and someone says “It’s ok he’s well bred”
Also Earl of Essex was one of Queen Elizabeth’s favourites, and before his fall from grace (I think he was an entitled lad who wasn’t happy that the Queen wouldn’t bow down to him, like even though she was basically a sugar mama)
He was decapitated age 35 after the Essex Rebellion failed (So he was like 25 previously bailing out a 35 year old Percy)
Which meant that Queen Liz would be about 59 when he was 26.
But yeah when he was put into the privy council, maybe Liz just generally trusted him, but he then was brash and a fool and he did bad wars, and since he was really shit at war because he was just not a good war guy but thought he was, so he went back to england and Queen told him not to
So he disregarded her and then appeared in her bedchambers
she was like what the fuck and then he was put on trial and jailed (for various reasons)
He was then released from prison, and sugar mama Queen Liz took away all she gave him. So he was sad, and then pissed and demanded to talk to her so he got a bunch of nobles and gentlemen (200, including Catesby and John Wright!) and they then tried to go talk to the Queen and get the court and all.
This failed horribly, and they ended up having a fight, no-one was killed but in the end the ringleaders (inc Robert up there) were executed for treason, and everyone else was jailed/fined.