The all new documentary-drama is here and its about Elizabeth I.
Everything and anything you want to know are in these episodes. My favourite historians Dr Suzannah Lipscomb & the awesome Cambridge-educated historian Dan Jones are there to explain all that occurred! Not only do they impart a lot of knowledge onto the one who is watching, they also make it interesting.
And guess who plays Elizabeth I ? The stunning Lily Cole!
For those of you who do not know much about the great Queen, let me give you a little insight:
Queen Elizabeth was born on 7 September 1533 the daughter of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. Now as a child it was not at all peaceful or pleasant for poor Elizabeth. Her mother was executed when she was only 2 1/2 years old and hence she was stripped of her title and her own father declared her illegitimate.
Her half-brother Edward VI whom was adored by Henry ruled up until his death which was in 1533. Now shortly after the death of Edward there was concern as to who would rule. Edward stated Lady Jane Grey would be Queen yet his half sister Mary would not let that happen hence claiming the throne for herself and executing lady Jane Grey!
Mary was a Roman Catholic like her mother Queen Catherine of Aragon and when riots broke out between Catholics and Protestants, Elizabeth was imprisoned for nearly a year on suspicion of supporting Protestant rebels!
Now after this Elizabeth I was interrogated and then placed under house arrest. At that point it seemed unrealistic of her ever becoming queen as her half-sister Mary was pregnant and that child would be her heir. Elizabeth was called back to court to attend the final stages of her half sister’s pregnancy when it turned out Mary was not expecting an heir but was in fact ill , very ill .
On 6 November, Mary recognised Elizabeth as her heir & 17 November 1558, Mary died and Elizabeth succeeded to the throne.
Elizabeth set out to rule by good counsel. Sir Robert Cecil was known to be one of her most trusted advisors. She became Queen at the age of 25.
Over the course of her reign she fought many battles , traded with many countries and tried bringing forth peace amongst religions.
A treaty of commerce was signed in 1580. There was to be trade with the Ottoman Empire.
Numerous envoys were dispatched in both directions and epistolary exchanges occurred between Elizabeth and Sultan Murad III.
It is written in many history books that Sultan Murad III stated that Islam and Protestantism had
“much more in common than either did with Roman Catholicism, as both rejected the worship of idols”.
He urged for an alliance between England and the Ottoman Empire.
Elizabeth was advised to marry so that she would have an heir but she never did. Maybe because she was in love with her childhood friend Robert Dudley and she was not granted permission to marry him which was tragic – why could she not marry for love?
One of Elizabeth’s speeches in 1588 is my favourite and this was before she found out for certain that the Spanish armada had been defeated .
My loving people, we have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit yourself to armed multitudes for fear of treachery; but I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people … I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a King of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any Prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm
It’s not exactly word for word in this clip but hey its Cate Blanchett so yno 😛
She was a fighter and was determined to become queen. She never gave up and her rule was not as tyrannical or despotic as her fathers or her half-sister. Her reign was known as the golden age and many stated that she proved how a woman is just as bold, brave and strong as a man. Women can rule equally if not better than Kings.
She died on 24 March 1603 at Richmond palace.
The trailer of the series is right underneath ❤
Love you Queen Elizabeth ❤