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William Scrots. Detail from Portrait of Elizabeth I, when a Princess, 1546.
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Miniature of Queen Elizabeth I enclosed in a jewelled case. Enamelled gold, diamonds, rubies, rock crystal and a miniature. England, ca. 1595. Nicholas Hilliard, Victoria and Albert Museum.
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On Monsieur’s Departure

I grieve and dare not show my discontent,
I love and yet am forced to seem to hate,
I do, yet dare not say I ever meant,
I seem stark mute but inwardly to prate.
I am and not, I freeze and yet am burned.
Since from myself another self I turned.
My care is like my shadow in the sun,
Follows me flying, flies when I pursue it,
Stands and lies by me, doth what I have done.
His too familiar care doth make me rue it.
No means I find to rid him from my breast,
Till by the end of things it be supprest.
Some gentler passion slide into my mind,
For I am soft and made of melting snow;
Or be more cruel, love, and so be kind.
Let me or float or sink, be high or low.
Or let me live with some more sweet content,
Or die and so forget what love ere meant.

- Poem by Queen Elizabeth I (c. 1582)

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Anne's impact on Elizabeth


It’s nok likely that Anne ever thought that Elizabeth would be queen, as she knew and understood Henry VIII’s need for a son, but her submissive speech at her execution, which followed the usual and expected formula of execution speeches, speaks volumes of her love for her daughter, in that she…

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Workshop of Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619):
The “Hardwick Hall” portrait of Elizabeth I of England. c. 1599. (detail)