Frances Carr (Howard), Countess of Somerset. (1590 - 1632) MP

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Birthplace: Saffron Walden, Essex, England
Death: Died in Chiswick. London, Middlesex, England
Managed by: Peter Neal
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About Frances Carr (Howard), Countess of Somerset.


In order to marry Carr, Francis had to divorce her husband, Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex. They had been married when they were both mere children,  and after their marriage lived separately. By the time the 18-year-old Essex returned from touring the Continent (1609), Frances had set her heart on Robert Carr. 
She alleged that Essex was impotent (which he denied) and Carr and the Howards persuaded James to support a divorce. He pressurized a commission of bishops to find in Frances' favor. 
In 1613 the divorce was granted, and Carr and Frances married. 
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Frances Carr, Countess of Somerset.'s Timeline

May 31, 1590
Saffron Walden, Essex, England
January 5, 1605
Age 14
September 25, 1613
Age 23
December 26, 1613
Age 23
Chapel Royal, Whitehall, Westminster, Middlesex, England
December 9, 1615
Age 25
Tower of London, Stepney, Middlesex, England
August 23, 1632
Age 42
Chiswick. London, Middlesex, England
August 27, 1632
Age 42
Saffron Walden, Essex, England