Queen Elizabeth was
always misunderstood. She was a feminist 400 years before there was the word
'feminist'. She was the smartest person in charge of any country in Europe
at the time and about as smart a ruler as there's ever been. Since the average
person can't understand genius (or they would be a genius too) nearly everyone thought
she was either possessed, crazy or both. She had
only genius and greatness without any significant flaws of consequence but many people did project
their own faults and shortcomings on her.
No matter what happened
she went right on living her life the way she wanted to, which is what her
father King Henry VIII taught his daughter to do. He did this before almost anyone else
thought a daughter should 'produce in her own right as she so wished'.
was a combination of wild girl, scholar, sportswoman and hippy which ended up
producing a ruler that was far stronger than all of Europe's kings combined and more ruthless when inevitably
challenged. She fought for and defended her way of life and those who she loved like no other woman
had since Cleopatra (and was twice the woman Cleopatra ever was).
She was simply wonderful. If
I had been a man in that life I probably would have acted like most other men did
and would have gratefully been a dog at her feet.
everyone's misunderstanding of her must be based on the jealousy of
later rulers but that is just a guess since I wasn't around then. It
must have been the Puritans because they changed, stole or destroyed all of the
paintings of both King Henry VIII and Elizabeth which showed off their
It's very obvious with Henry VIII.
At the time
of his reign most of King
Henry VIII's paintings were of him when he was younger and when his
figure was like this suit
of his armor. Someone destroyed all those paintings so all you have are paintings of him
when he was very old and dissipated looking and one suit of armor (which was to hard to destroy). Obvious jealousy.
often done to a few of the paintings of Queen Elizabeth to make her look
ugly. Let me just say that, in today's vernacular, she had a great
body and would be in
the top 98% of women as judged by a college football team. Also, she
would win just about every wet tee shirt contest she entered. However,
there is not a painting that shows off her figure like some that used
to. Those few have disappeared.
There were men from other countries that were totally taken aback by
her beauty. They ended up speechless in front of her and
then would suddenly blurt out a proposal of marriage they had never
intended to offer. Women were often likewise speachless.
She was never white and pasty, nor did she have wrinkles even in her 60's.
On the right is a accurate engraving (dated 1603) of exactly how she looked one year before she died at the age of 70.
the one on the left is not Queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth did not
age 30 years in 1 years time.
never looked like that
and that dress is from a much earlier time. It could be one
of Bloody Mary's portraits which somebody painted on a bad likeness of
Elizabeth's head in order to make some money by making her
look bad, which she never did a day in her life. In fact that dress is
similar to the one in this painting
when she was still a princess. There are several paintings that the
same malicious disservice was done to after her death.
You could never pay Marcus
Gheeraerts to modify a painting to make a person look better than
they really were (that is why a lot of people refused to hire him). He was highly proud of his accuracy. His Rainbow Painting
Elizabeth, also at Hatfield House, was painted three years before her
death. It shows her in good trim, with good skin and not at all
It's one of the best documented paintings while the others which show her
haggard and wrinkled are by unknown painters and are
these lies exist you must assume that much of what you have been told
about the greatest queen of England are also lies meant to demean her.
Who tried to alter history to put Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth in a
poor light? Later rulers who didn't measure up.
They often had painters alter her face and repaint it with white to make her look
like a drab woman in bright clothes but she was brighter and more lively than
anything she ever wore and almost everyone of those clothes were a product
of her mind. She designed and had a hand in making almost every piece of her
wardrobe of 3,000 dresses.
Her I.Q. as
measured by modern standards would have probably been 160-170. She proved
it ten times a day. She had a prodigious memory as well. No one could out think her, well almost no one.
Elizabeth invented haute couture 300 years before there was a name for
it. Not that there was any lack of demand for 'haute couture' at the
time since there was a huge demand for her styles. In fact one of her most quoted statements
was about her petticoats and it was a threat to abdicate the throne of
England to go live in Italy and sell her clothing line. (History itself
was written by commoners and their history was quite different from
that of England's rulers as you will read on that page.)
She was the first true humanist and feminist the world had seen since Cleopatra died.
This is how a huge friendship
began between myself and the queen. It last for the rest of our lives.
And yes, I am still respectfully enthralled with and about her highness.
Did you know that she
was actually one of the most gentle women on the face of this earth.
She was also one of the greatest of actresses. She played the part of a
totally ruthless huntress to kept England free from invasion.
Yet she also played the part of the awesome Saint Elizabeth the Francis.
Portrait and how it was a trap laid to catch those who would later have rebeled
against the crown.
page on her clothing I am still working on.
And her band of ruthless protective
ladies that left no evidence in the form of bodies.
On a literal note, Queen Elizabeth's tutor
Roger Ascham had this to say about the young princess Elizabeth Tudor in his treatise
It is your shame
(I speak to you all, you young gentlemen of England) that one maid should
go beyond you all in excellency of learning and knowledge of divers tongues.
Point forth six of the best-given gentlemen of this court, and all they together
show not so much good will, spend not so much time, bestow not so many hours,
daily, orderly, and constantly, for the increase of learning and knowledge
as doth the Queen's Majesty herself. . . . Amongst all the benefits that God
hath blessed me withal, next the knowledge of Christ´s true religion,
I count this the greatest: that it pleased God to call me to be one poor minister
in setting forward these excellent gifts of learning in this most excellent
That is quite a denigration
of every other person he had ever taught. However, it was the truth and no
exaggeration was at all involved. Roger Ascham in his educational treatise The
about Queen Elizabeth is fair but lacking. Although it is better than most, it still
avoids her true greatness almost 100%. So much of the truth about her has been lost in 400 years.
She was the best and greatest as far as I am concerned.
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