Secrets of the Virgin Queen

| January 25, 2011

Just a quickie post to let those of you who get the National Geographic Channel know that “Secrets of the Virgin Queen” is being aired tonight – TUE JAN 25 9P National Geographic say of the programme:- “They called her the Virgin Queen England’s first Queen Elizabeth, a revered ruler in her own lifetime. Yet […]

Why Didn’t Elizabeth I Marry?

| November 3, 2010

In the final scene of Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth”, starring Cate Blanchett, we see Kat Ashley cutting Elizabeth’s hair off and Elizabeth making a dramatic entrance in front of her court dressed as a bride in an elaborate white gown, pearls (which symbolise purity), a red wig, a huge ruff and a whitened face. When Elizabeth […]

Robert Dudley to Marry Mary Queen of Scots?

| September 29, 2010

On this day in history, 29th September 1564, Robert Dudley was made Earl of Leicester, an earldom which had been planned earlier in the year to make him more acceptable as a bridegroom to Mary Queen of Scots. Yes, in the Spring of 1563, Elizabeth I offered her favourite, and the man she loved, Robert […]

Elizabeth and Leicester – Bess and Robin

| August 3, 2010

After reading Jeane Westin’s wonderful novel about the relationship between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, I asked Jeane her opinion on two questions:- Why didn’t Elizabeth and Leicester marry? Was what they felt true love? Jeane has kindly written a guest article for The Elizabeth Files answering these questions – thank […]

On Monsieur’s Departure

| June 10, 2010

On this day in history, 10th June 1584, François, Duke of Anjou and Alençon, died at the age of 30 from a fever, possibly malaria. Why am I writing about him here, on a website dedicated to Elizabeth? Because he was one of Elizabeth’s suitors and the man she affectionately called her “frog”. François, Duke […]

The Legacy of Elizabeth I

| September 14, 2009

“It would please me best if, at the last, a marble stone shall record that this Queen having lived such and such a time, lived and died a virgin” I admire Elizabeth I as a woman who grew up for the most part a motherless child.  She was born to a father who became one […]

Elizabeth I’s Suitors

| August 24, 2009

Elizabeth I never married but was linked with various men. The following men were either linked with Elizabeth through rumours and scandals, were royal favourites or were suitors that she considered marrying. Click on their names to find out more about them and how they were linked to Elizabeth I:- Thomas Seymour, Lord Sudeley Robert […]