Meaning of LEICESTER in English


I . Leicester

an English city in the county of Leicestershire , now governed by a unitary authority . It was one of the largest towns in Roman Britain and parts of the Roman city walls remain, as well as a ruined medieval castle. Leicester became a centre of the wool trade in the 15th century and is today an important industrial city. The National Space Science Centre opened there in 2001.

II . the Earl of Leicester

( born Robert Dudley c. 1532–88)

an English nobleman and soldier who was a close friend of Queen Elizabeth I . He was suspected of murdering his wife Amy Robsart in 1560 in order to be free to marry the queen but he and Elizabeth did not marry. She made him an earl (1) in 1564.

See also Kenilworth Castle .

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