Monday, September 25, 2023

The Death of Amy Robsart: An Elizabethan Mystery by Sarah-Beth Watkins Ep 71-73



Possibly  a portrait of Amy Robsart, Lady Dudley

Amy's last letter to her seamstress

Floor marker of Lady Amy Dudley's final resting place,
St Mary's Oxfordshire, UK

A newel staircase design 

Crime scene: Cumnor Place

Autopsy report of Amy Robsart Dudley 1560

Elizabeth I's letter to Mary, Queen of Scots immediately on learning of Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley's assassination.

Royal Tudor and Stuart Family Tree

Dudley Family Tree - Note the number of executions!


Henry VII (Founder Tudor Dyn)

Henry VIII -1535
Henry VIII (age 50)

Mary Tudor, Queen of France, Duchess of Suffolk
(Henry VIII's little sister)

Queen Anne Boleyn

Queen Jane Seymour

Edward VI

Lady Jane Grey, 9-Day Queen

Mary I, Queen of England

Elizabeth I - 1560

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester- 1560

William Cecil, Secretary of State, 
Elizabeth I

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk

Thomas Radcliffe, Duke of Sussex

Henry FitzAlan, Duke of Arundel

Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland 
(Eldest Sister, Henry VIII) 

                                Mary, Queen of Scots - 1565

Henry, Lord Darnley, King Consort of Scotland

James Hepburn, Lord Bothwell, 
3rd Husband Mary, Queen of Scots

Westminster Abbey, London May 2023

1,000+ year old English Coronation Chair, May 2023

(All photos are from personal files or public domain)

A detection of the actions of Mary, Queen of Scots, Early English books, 1509-1582.

Alexandria Mary Lord, Four Perceptions of Suicide in 16th and early 17th century England, Dept of History, College of William and Mary, 1990.

Alice Seabourne and Gwen Seabourne, Suicide or accident- self-killing in medieval England, Cambridge University Press, Jan 2, 2018.

Allison Weir, Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley, Ballentine Books, USA, 2003.

Carol Mackrot, The Manner of Amy's Death, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 1st edition, Dec. 2013.

Claire Ridgway, April 29th: Bothwell Prepares to Marry the Queen,, 2020.

Claire Ridgway, Sept 21: Robert Dudley's secret marriage,, 2020.

Claire Ridgway, May 15th: Mary, Queen of Scots Marries for the 3rd time,, 2019.

Christine Hartweg, Amy Robsart: A life and its end, Christine Hartweg, 2017.

Christopher Follett, Scotland's Forgotten Earl, part of Danish history,, Jan. 5, 2017.

DC Demeter, History of Osteoporosis, June 11, 2007. 

Elizabeth James Timms, Royal Births and the Tudors, Royal Central, 2017.

Elizabeth's Letter to Mary, Queen of Scots, Feb 1567 (audible), National Archives, 2023.

Ex-Wives, Six the Musical, Studio Cast Recording, 2023.

Falls, World Health Organization, April 26, 2021.

Forster, Anthony, History of Parliament- 1558-1603, History of Parliament Trust, 2020.

Francis Walshingham, knight,, 2023.

House of Tudor Family Tree,, 2023.

How many people have died from falling down stairs?, Ellis Law Corporation, 2023.

Jennifer Maloney, Homemade Sausage Rolls, Seasons & Suppers, April 20, 2023.

Julia Califano, What happens when metastatic breast cancer spreads to your bones?,, March 20, 2023.

Keith Browning, Dudley Family Tree, Shakespeare Re-Invented, 2023.

Les Hewitt, Did Elizabeth I Murder Robert Dudley's wife? Histories Mysteries, July 2, 2017.

Lethality of Suicide Methods, School of Public Health,, 2023.

Murder at Kirk o' Field, National Archives, 2023.

Newel staircase diagram, Billbeee, ,, 2023. 

Pets in Medieval Times, The Rose and the Thistle, Nov 29, 2019.

Randolph Roth, Homicide in Early Modern England 1549-1800, Crime, Historie, & Society,, 2001.

Sarah-Beth Watkins, The Death of Amy Robsart- An Elizabethan Mystery, Chronos Books, Winchester, UK, 2020.

Sir Richard Verney- Amy Dudley's Killer,, Nov 4, 2012.

The Burial of Amy Robsart, Sept 22, 1560, On this day in Tudor History, The Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society, August 2023.

The Original Staircase: The Death of Amy Dudley, Reading the Past, 2018.

Westminister Abbey Coronation 2023 -Photos, Personal Files Jill, May 2023.

Ep 71-73: The Death of Amy Robsart, by Sarah-Beth Watkins -- English Sausage Rolls & Our Wine Pairing!




2 rolls all-butter puff pastrythawed


For sausage filling:

28 oz. (800 g) pure pork sausagesremoved from casing or loose sausage meat

1 teaspoon fresh sagediced or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves

1 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leavesor 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1 Tablespoon fresh parsleyfinely chopped

1 Tablespoon dried bread crumbsplain or seasoned breadcrumbs

Freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup water


For assembling:

2 Tablespoons Dijon mustardor other mustard you like

For glazing:

1 large egglightly beaten 

1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Remove casing from sausages and discard. Add loose sausage to a medium bowl. Add herbs and bread crumbs. Add water and using your hands, blend together until the water seems absorbed in the mixture. Roughly form into a round and score round into 8 wedges. Set aside.

3. Starting with one roll of thawed puff pastry sheet approximately 10x10-inches, use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut into 4 pieces approximately 5x5-inches each. Brush a 1-inch strip of Dijon mustard down the centre of each square. If your puff pastry is rectangle, smaller or larger, just aim for similar size squares, adjusting as needed. it's perfectly fine if they are a bit smaller or larger.

4. Scoop out 1/8 of the sausage mixture and form into a log 5 inches long (you want the sausage log to extend right to the end of the pastry). Place log on top of Dijon mustard. Brush the left side of the square with egg wash, then gently fold the right side over the sausage to meet the egg brushed edge and press to seal (or use a fork).

5. Place on prepared baking sheet, with the sealed edge facing in towards the pan (fat side on the outside). This helps the filled side brown all the way around.

Repeat with remaining 3 squares, then repeat it all with the second sheet of puff pastry, for a total of 8 sausage rolls.


*If making to freeze, place on baking sheet and place in freezer until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag.


6. Brush all over the pastry with egg wash. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until centre registers at last 160F, when tested with a meat thermometer.

 *If tops seem to be well browned before that, loosely cover with a sheet of aluminum foil.


For appetizer size sausage rolls, cut each large roll into 4 or 5 smaller slices.

If freezing unbaked sausage rolls, you can bake from frozen as above, simply extend the baking time as needed, since they are starting from frozen.



Serve warm with additional mustard.

Thank you Jennifer Maloney, Homemade Sausage Rolls, Seasons & Suppers!