What's in a Name?

Tidir Engraving from the Beauchamp Tower of London



"Robart Tidir" is the Welsh spelling of "Robert Tudor." This engraving was found in the stairwell entrance to Beachamp Tower where the Earl of Essex was executed in 1601. Essex may have made the engraving to tell the world that he was, in fact, of the Tudor lineage. Tower officials claim that no prisoner of this name is apparently recorded, or known, to history or tradition. In the first edition of "The History of King Henry the Seventh" by Francis Bacon (1622) the name "Tidder" is introduced in place of "Tudor." Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex, was the alleged second son of Queen Elizabeth,Francis Bacon being her first born.

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