|Title of host publication||The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature|
|Editors||Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr, Alan Stewart|
|Place of Publication||Chichester, UK|
|Number of pages||3|
|ISBN (Print)||1405194499, 9781405194495|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Apr 2012|
Robert Devereux (1565–1601), second earl of Essex, was the most prominent courtier of the late sixteenth century, a poet in his own right as well as a leading literary patron of the period. His military exploits brought him great popular acclaim, and his spectacular fall from grace in a treasonous but ineffectual uprising sent shock waves through the country, leaving a mark upon the literary culture of the seventeenth century.