Dudley (1532?-1588), Earl of Leicester and Queen Elizabeth's long-time favorite,
was the subject of scandal from the very beginnings of the Elizabethan era in
England (1558-1603). Study of the legends surrounding his life, times, and putative
crimes provides insights into the political, social, religious, and administrative
history of Britain and lots and lots of fun . . .
sometimes, furtive and ribald fun.
Peck spent many pleasant hours pursuing these matters and writing up his results,
quite a few years ago, and more recently, scanning them and posting them all here.
At least all of them that can still be found under piles of NYRBs and behind the
Commonwealth: the Copy of a Letter Written by a Master of Art of Cambridge (1584)
and Related Documents. Athens: Ohio University
Press, 1985 [reprinted here].
Letter of Estate: an Elizabethan Libel," Notes and Queries, n.s. 28
(February 1981), 21-35 [reprinted here].
Earl of Leicester and the Riot at Drayton Basset, 1578," Notes and Queries,
n.s. 27 (April 1980), 131-35 [reprinted here].
Sidney, and the Catholics, 1579," Notes and Queries, n.s. 25 (October
1978), 427-31 [reprinted here].
from Heaven and Hell: a Defamatory Narrative of the Earl of Leicester," English
Literary Renaissance (Spring 1978), 141-58 [reprinted here].
Suppression of Elizabethan Catholic Books," Library Quarterly, 47
(April 1977), 163-77 [reprinted here].
Version of the Leicester Epitaphium," Notes and Queries, n.s. 23 (May
1976), 227-28 [reprinted here].
Alleged Early Draft of 'Leicester's Commonwealth'," Notes and Queries,
n.s. 22 (July 1975), 295-96.