Not everyone likes the thought of sex, and as others have said, sex and childbirth, and therefore death, were all far more closely linked in Tudor times. What a fun page, how lovely reading so many intelligent speculations and points of view.! Blanche knew the truth. Sex was far from a polite discussion topic at the time and her affairs were not recorded in the same explicit detail as they might be today. But by now the Scots had had enough of Mary and, imprisoned at Lochleven Castle, she was forced to abdicate the Scottish throne. If nothing else, then it is quite informational and contains about everything I need for said essay. Her authority would never have recovered from such a scandal, particularly as she was already battling against the slur of illegitimacy.
All the Queen's men: Was Elizabeth I really the virgin Queen?
She went on royal progresses--the equivalent of photo-ops--to show off and get to know her people. She is beautiful and eloquent, and wholly worthy your Majesty, in my judgment at least, if there is any in all Europe who is. Notify me of new posts by email. February 26, at 6: I'd recommend this book as an introduction to Elizabeth I. Knowing how to charm her prospects and loving the attention and flirtation, Elizabeth happily played along in the diplomatic wooing game. Likely it was the death of Catherine Howard, Elizabeth's stepmother, when the princess was eight, which scarred Elizabeth most greatly.
BBC - History - Elizabeth I: An Overview
Honour and conscience forbid. While she proudly referred to herself as the daughter of Henry VIII, she was never ashamed to be a Boleyn and kept a ring that contained a miniature of Anne Boleyn. As much as I love her morality and image of purity an icon of female virtuosity, albeit dated she was no virgin. No great attempt is made to get at the larger sociological, economic, theological or cultural issues of those times, but the author does do a creditable job of maintaining distinctions between individuals of the aristocracy despite their often confusingly complex names and changing titles. If she remained unmarried and a vestal virgin such things would be contrary to public respects. Jan 03, Jeanine Marie Swenson rated it liked it.
A thousand eyes see all I do. If there had been certain proof that she was not chaste, it would have rendered her virtually worthless in the international marriage market. As to my purpose for reading the book, Elizabeth, as a monarch — the methods of punishment she condoned and in some cases even insisted on against the advice of her advisers — were every bit as violent as indicated by Robert Hugh Benson in the book mentioned above. Dec 04, Yeongbae K rated it it was amazing. Lady Anne Somerset, who wrote the acclaimed biography Elizabeth I, said: But then again, her entire life was shrouded in scandal, from the time she was born, so perhaps this book is quite fitting! She was very much monarch while loving the limelight of femme fatale.