Elizabeth Cooke (c.1528 - 1609) MP

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Nicknames: "Russell; Elizabeth Hobbey"
Birthplace: Gidea Hall, Romford, Essex, England
Death: Died in Berkshire, England
Managed by: Richard Alan Reed
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About Elizabeth Cooke

Lady Elizabeth Hobbey, Lady Elizabeth Russell, Elizabeth Cooke

Elizabeth Russell, Lady Russell, née Elizabeth Cooke, Elizabeth Hoby in her first marriage, (b. 1528 – d. 1609) was an English noblewoman. She was an influential member of Queen Elizabeth I's court and was known in her time for her refined poetry as well as her musical talent. In 1596, she was a vocal opponent of William Shakespeare's construction of Blackfriars Theatre in that London district.

She was born at Gidea Hall, Essex, the third daughter of Anthony Cooke, who was tutor to Edward VI. Cooke educated his four daughters to a high level for his day. Elizabeth's sister Anne Bacon became a notable scholar. Elizabeth was proficient in Latin and French.

Elizabeth's first marriage was on 27 June 1558, to Thomas Hoby (Hobbey), of Bisham Abbey, Berkshire, noted as the translator of Baldassare Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier. In March 1566 he was knighted and became the English ambassador to France. The couple moved to Paris. Thomas died there in July. Elizabeth received a touching letter of condolence from Queen Elizabeth I.

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Elizabeth Cooke's Timeline

1528
1528
Gidea Hall, Romford, Essex, England
1558
June 27, 1558
Age 30
1560
March 10, 1560
Age 32
Bisham, Berkshire, England
1566
October 1566
Age 38
1575
1575
Age 47
Gidea Park, Essex, England
1609
June 2, 1609
Age 81
Berkshire, England
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