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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 […]

In Defiance of Fortune

| August 31, 2009

Never think you Fortúne can bear the sway Where virtue’s force can cause her to obey. By Queen Elizabeth I (c.1568-1570)

Written with a Diamond

| August 31, 2009

Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be, Quoth Elizabeth prisoner. By Queen Elizabeth I (written with a diamond on her window at Woodstock c.1554-1555)

Written in her French Psalter

| August 31, 2009

No crooked leg, no bleared eye, No part deformed out of kind, Nor yet so ugly half can be As is the inward suspicious mind. By Queen Elizabeth I (c.1554-1555)

On Monsieur’s Departure

| August 31, 2009

I grieve and dare not show my discontent, I love and yet am forced to seem to hate, I do, yet dare not say I ever meant, I seem stark mute but inwardly to prate. I am and not, I freeze and yet am burned. Since from myself another self I turned. My care is […]

The Doubt of Future Foes

| August 31, 2009

The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy, And wit me warns to shun such snares as threaten mine annoy; For falsehood now doth flow, and subjects’ faith doth ebb, Which should not be if reason ruled or wisdom weaved the web. But clouds of joy untried do cloak aspiring minds, Which turn to […]

Elizabeth I Poetry

| August 31, 2009

Elizabeth I was well-known for her literary skills and it was even rumoured that she wrote some of William Shakespeare’s plays – a real conspiracy theory! Here are some of her famous poems:- The Doubt of Future Foes On Monsieur’s Departure Written in her French Psalter Written with a diamond on her window at Woodstock […]

Poem – Elizabeth

| August 5, 2009

This is a poem from Esther Hyams’ series of poems on the life of Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I’s mother, which can be found at our sister site www.theanneboleynfiles.com. Elizabeth The King tried not to treat Anne like a worthless insecure toy After all, their child and heir would surely be a healthy boy. ‘Henry’ or […]