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Letter to Elizabeth I from the States General commending the service of Sir John Norris

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Letter to Elizabeth I from the States General commending the service of Sir John Norris

Author
The States General of the United Provinces of the Low Countries
Date
9 July 1587
Medium
Manuscript

Throughout 1586 Sir John Norris's relationship with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, Elizabeth I's Lord General in the Low Countries and Norris's commander, had deteriorated into bitter acrimony. In November 1586 Elizabeth recalled Leicester, but the Earl, obviously appalled by the thought of Norris assuming command in his absence, issued orders freeing Norris's principal subordinates from his command (CSP Foreign, Elizabeth, June 1586-Mar. 1587, p. 234). In April 1587 the Queen decided to send Leicester to resume his post in the Low Countries. Leicester agreed to return but only on the condition that Norris be recalled (CSP Foreign, Elizabeth, Apr.-Dec. 1587, pp. 20-1). Norris received the orders for his recall on 8 June but in a blatant snub to Leicester, departed without meeting the Earl (CSP Foreign, Elizabeth, Apr.-Dec. 1587, pp. 101-2, 149). This letter, written in French, from the States General was sent to Elizabeth in commendation of Norris's service in the Low Countries soon after his recall.

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