Elizabeth I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn who were both patrons of the Arts and who helped bring the Renaissance to England. Their love of learning and of the arts was evidently passed on to Elizabeth who was an accomplished writer, writing many famous poems, speeches and letters during her life.
I have already added some of her speeches, poems and letters to the Elizabeth Files. When you read these poems, you will see that Elizabeth was not just an iconic monarch, she was also a talented writer and should be remembered as such.
Click on these links to read poems that are attributed to her:-
- The Doubt of Future Foes
- On Monsieur’s Departure
- Written in her French Psalter
- Written with a diamond on her window at Woodstock
- In Defiance of Fortune
- Woodstock Verses
Elizabeth I’s most famous speeches are:-
- The Tilbury Speech
- The Golden Speech
- 1559 Parliament Speech – Regarding marriage
- 1563 Parliament Speech – Regarding marriage and the succession
- 1566 Parliamentary “Dressing down” regarding marriage
- 1583 Speech on Religion
- Response given in Latin to the Polish Ambassador
Elizabeth I’s most famous letters can be found on our Letters of Elizabeth I page.
As you can see, Elizabeth I had a way with words!