17th - 21st May 2010 - Visit Tudor England

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 […]

Elizabeth I – A Virago, Genetically Male or Simply a Strong woman?

| November 12, 2009

My inspiration from this article comes from the comments left on my “Bisley Boy” post, particularly the one left by historian and author Leanda de Lisle who said: “I’m afraid this kind of sexist myth about Elizabeth is not that uncommon. In the sixteenth century it was believed that women who exercised power over men […]

Did They or Didn’t They?

| September 28, 2009

Today’s article has been written exclusively for The Elizabeth Files by novelist Jeane Westin, writer of “The Virgin’s Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I”. Thank you so much, Jeane, for giving us this insight into the relationship between Elizabeth and her “Robin”. Did they or didn’t they? Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, the Earl […]