The dying Elizabeth I finally takes to her bed

On this day in Tudor history, 21st March 1603, a dying Queen Elizabeth I finally took to her bed.

Sixty-nine-year-old Elizabeth I had been queen since November 1558, but now she was dying. She had deep-rooted melancholy, couldn’t sleep and was refusing to eat. She spent her days lying on cushions in her withdrawing chamber. But on 21st March, she was finally persuaded to go to bed.

Find out more about her final days, and how she was persuaded to go to bed, in this video:

Elizabeth I died three days later, on 24th March 1603, and you can find out more about her final days and death, and also some of her achievements as queen, in this video:

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