Frances Carr, Countess of Somerset.

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About Frances Carr, Countess of Somerset.


In order to marry Carr, Frances 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.,_Countess_of_Somerset

Frances Carr, Countess of Somerset (31 May 1590[1][2]– 23 August 1632), born Frances Howard, was an English noblewoman who was the central figure in a famous scandal and murder during the reign of King James I. She was found guilty but spared execution, and was eventually pardoned by the King and released from the Tower of London in early 1622.

She was born Frances Howard, the daughter of Lord Thomas Howard (later 1st Earl of Suffolk), and his wife, the former Catherine Knyvet. Frances' father, the second son of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, was a wealthy and powerful nobleman during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Her maternal grandparents were Sir Henry Knyvet, of Charlton, Wiltshire, and Elizabeth Stumpe.

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Frances Carr, Countess of Somerset.'s Timeline

May 31, 1590
Saffron Walden, Essex, 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