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Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham (1536-1624), Lord High Admiral

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Charles Howard was Queen Elizabeth I's cousin and enjoyed her friendship and confidence. Appointed Lord High Admiral in 1585, he held chief command against the Spanish Armada. He was created Earl of Nottingham in 1601 following the success of the Cadiz expedition, which he jointly led with Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex. He subsequently acted as a commissioner at Essex's trial in 1601. He retained royal favour under James I and led an embassy to Spain in 1604 to ratify the peace treaty that ended the Anglo-Spanish war.