Frances Howard, Duchess of Richmond 1639.
Frances Howard (1590-1632) was an English noblewoman. The procedure for cancellation her marriage to Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex with the aim of Robert Carr, to marry the 1st Earl of Somerset, caused a public scandal. Once it became clear that she was responsible for a murder in connection with the marriage plans with the Earl of Somerset, this sparked one of the greatest scandals of England in the Stuart time. Because James I pardoned her, she escaped the execution. The couple remained imprisoned in the Tower until 1622. After the release she lived withdrawn. Return to the court they were not allowed.