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Did Elizabeth have more than just “the heart and stomach of a king”? Part II

As many of you know, news about the release of a new book by Steve Berry has been making the rounds throughout the internet. The buzz is in no small part thanks to the the Daily Mail‘s subtle article title, “Is this proof the Virgin Queen was an imposter in drag? Shocking new theory about Elizabeth … Continue reading

Did Elizabeth Have More than Just “the Heart and Stomach of a King”? Part I

Well, my hand has finally been forced. When I first began this blog, I wrote a post about one day addressing all of the myths that surrounded Elizabeth I. Particularly, I promised that I would cover the rumor that she was really a man. I promised and promised that I would get around to it, … Continue reading

Masculinity, Sex, and the Virgin Queen: Victorian Perceptions of Elizabeth I, Part 6

This blog post comes from a 2009 essay by Natalie Sweet The Resolute Virgin Queen For all that Elizabeth’s self-control as a monarch earned her respect from Victorians, however, they were still troubled by her virgin state.  Richardson noted that the woman who was “without elementary instincts of wifehood; who is sufficient unto herself, and … Continue reading

Masculinity, Sex, and the Virgin Queen: Victorian Perceptions of Elizabeth I, Part 5

This blog post comes from a 2009 essay by Natalie Sweet A Sexual Queen’s Feminine Qualities Paradoxes were not restricted to Victorian depictions of Elizabeth’s youth.  Writers continued to speak of Elizabeth’s masculine strength, but they also took great delight in discussing those female characteristics that they deemed in her as dangerously inappropriate.  Nowhere were … Continue reading

Masculinity, Sex, and the Virgin Queen: Victorian Perceptions of Elizabeth I, Part 4

This blog post comes from a 2009 essay by Natalie Sweet Overwhelmingly, Victorian authors indicated that they believed “that a strong modern England was rendered possible mainly by the boldness, astuteness, and activity of Elizabeth at the critical turning-point of European history.”[1]  As Dobson and Watson have indicated, Victorians were willing to portray a stronger … Continue reading

Masculinity, Sex, and the Virgin Queen: Victorian Perceptions of Elizabeth I, Part 3

This blog post comes from a 2009 essay by Natalie Sweet. Elizabeth as Mother of the Empire From 1877 through 1907, a number of popular books and plays were published on Elizabeth I in England.  Some, like Michael Creighton’s Elizabeth I Queen of England, 1533-1603 and Sydney Wilmot’s The Queens of England, were meant to … Continue reading

Masculinity, Sex, and the Virgin Queen: Victorian Perceptions of Elizabeth I, Part 2

This blog post come from a 2009 essay by Natalie Sweet. Modern Historiography on the Victorian Perception of Elizabeth It is not difficult to understand how Elizabeth became such an object of fascination for the English population.  Born the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1533, she was the symbol of the Protestant … Continue reading

Masculinity, Sex, and the Virgin Queen: Victorian Perceptions of Elizabeth I, Part 1

Portions of this blog post come from a 2009 essay written by Natalie Sweet. On the early twentieth-century stage, W.G. Hole’s Elizabeth I voiced her fear that she “play[ed] too much the queen,” and demanded of her suitor,  “do you still hold me a woman?”[1]  Indeed, her question was one that many Victorians grappled with … Continue reading

Elizabeth I: Rebel?

In a recent survey of 2000 individuals, Elizabeth I was named Britain’s greatest female rebel. Her father, Henry VIII, was named the greatest male rebel, a dubbing that has puzzled more than a few, and which has garnered far more discussion. Pundits can easily discern why the public might view him as such: he did … Continue reading

Elizabeth I: Cougar?

I began today with every intention of addressing the rumor that Elizabeth I was really a man. My attention was soon drawn elsewhere once I came across an article on Forbes titled “The Cougar Relationship: Making it Work”: Demi and Ashton are hardly the first “cougar couple.” Back in 1976, John Travolta was in a … Continue reading

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