Elizabeth Regina

Dedicated to the life and legacy of those great English monarchs from a time gone by.

Sarah Bernhardt as Elizabeth I in Les amours de la reine Élisabeth" (1912)

Bette Davis as Elizabeth I in “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" (1939)

Bette Davis as Elizabeth I in “The Virgin Queen” (1955)

Elizabeth I miniature by Nicholas Hilliard, 1590.

Elizabeth I miniature by Nicholas Hilliard, 1590.

According to different documents her skin was either white or ruddy or swarthy, her eyes were either gray or brown or green, and she was either tall or short depending on who described her. One witness said she became fat as she aged, another that she was emaciated.”

-Jane Resh Thomas, “Behind the Mask: The life of Queen Elizabeth I”

I have rid England of her enemies. What do I do now? Am I to be made of stone? Must I be touched by nothing?


HISTORY MEME: (3/6) women: Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth Tudor is considered by many to be the greatest monarch in English history. When she became queen in 1558, she was twenty-five years old, a survivor of scandal and danger, and considered illegitimate by most Europeans. She inherited a bankrupt nation, torn by religious discord, a weakened pawn between the great powers of France and Spain. She was only the third queen to rule England in her own right; the other two examples, her cousin Lady Jane Grey and half-sister Mary I, were disastrous. Even her supporters believed her position dangerous and uncertain. Her only hope, they counseled, was to marry quickly and lean upon her husband for support. But Elizabeth had other ideas.

She ruled alone for nearly half a century, lending her name to a glorious epoch in world history. She dazzled even her greatest enemies. Her sense of duty was admirable, though it came at great personal cost. She was committed above all else to preserving English peace and stability; her genuine love for her subjects was legendary. Only a few years after her death in 1603, they lamented her passing. In her greatest speech to Parliament, she told them, ‘I count the glory of my crown that I have reigned with your love.’ And five centuries later, the worldwide love affair with Elizabeth Tudor continues.


During Tudors’ time there was this epidemic in England, a malicious fatal desease called "sweating sickness". People apparently believed that working up a natural sweat —while still being healthy— could effectively protect them from getting ill, because here is what Charles Brandon says to this chick after having sex with her during the epidemic:

"So, what do you think? Isn’t that the best way of working up a sweat?
"Yes, Your Grace.
"Get your husband to lick it off.

Now, that’s what I call a romantic and attentive lover.