|A fact from this article was featured on Wikipedia's Main Page in the On this day... section on February 8, 2016.|
This page appears to be generally based on two, secondary and non-professional Web articles that themselves do not include references that can be verified. Therefore, I think the page must be edited and citations added to all the "facts" presented here. (I would like to help, but I have no knowledge of this subject!)
Furthermore, the language of the article needs improving. For example, the following paragraph is badly written, in the style parodied by "1066 and All That" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1066_and_All_That).
- "Essex and Mountjoy were not always allies as the favour which Mountjoy received due to his youthful good looks procured for him from Queen Elizabeth I of England aroused the jealousy of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and led to a duel between the two courtiers, who later became close friends."
In fact, it could be that this page is unnecessary. A page already exists about the Earl of Essex, and includes a paragraph on the rebellion. Maybe the information on this page could be added to that page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Devereux,_2nd_Earl_of_Essex#Essex_rebellion)?
So if the "moderator" of this page agrees, I'll meanwhile add an
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I have quite a bit of knowledge on the rebellion and would be happy to help try and sort the page out, as a paragraph on the subject of the rebellion is abit small Daily Blue91 (talk) 07:55, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
This article, the main Essex article, and a number of other references to Essex should really be updated in accordance with the research presented in Hammer, Paul E. J., "Shakespeare's Richard II, the Play of 7 February 1601, and the Essex Rising," Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Spring 2008): 1-35, as well as Hammer's other work. The article convincingly argues that there was no "Essex rebellion" at all, but rather a complex series of plots and misunderstandings. Also, it argues the Feb. 7th play was probably Shakespeare's Richard II, but for very different motives than have heretofore been assumed. The article provides enough information for a significant expansion of this page and to make it considerably more accurate; most of the sources on this page are now outdated. Since I'm currently researching this supposed rebellion, I could probably edit the page myself, but I've never contributed any major edit and am reluctant to do so until I understand Wikipedia's guidelines more thoroughly. I hope someone might be willing to do this in the near future, and I'd be happy to help however I can. Wmatanner (talk) 20:01, 5 August 2014 (UTC)