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Today is the last Tudor giveaway and to close out our 12 Days of a Tudor Christmas it seemed fitting to end our giveaway with a theme pack for the last of the Tudor’s, so I bring to you our Elizabeth I Packet!
Gisele Alv- I know that Elizabeth never got married but is there any information about if she at least once, fell in love?
Although Elizabeth I never married, it is believed that she fell in love with two men. The first was her lifelong friend, Robert Dudley. Many Tudor enthusiasts have heard of the love she held for Robert or “Robin” as Elizabeth called him.
It is the second man that many do not know about. You may be tempted to say that she fell in love with Robert Dudley’s stepson, Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex and while it is widely acknowledged that she did hold Essex is high regard, it is another man who she loved. That man happens to be the charismatic Sir Walter Raleigh.
If you happen to be in Williamsburg, Virginia it would be well worth your time to stop at the College of William & Mary and visit the Wren Building. There you will find a docent, either a history major or professor, who will inform you about the relationship between Raleigh and Elizabeth-just make sure to ask.
Carol L.- I wonder if her and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester were ever involved or were in love?
This is the question that most definitely divides the historians. While all Tudor historians agree that she did indeed love Robert, the extent of their relationship is often questioned. Although, according to State papers, their contemporaries were all in agreement that they two were indeed a couple.
Cecil had often voiced his fears that Elizabeth would marry Robert. Even Philip of Spain wrote that “Elizabeth was so in love with Robert that she will marry no other”. In fact, Cecil was so fearful that the two would marry he convinced Elizabeth that her cousin the widowed Mary, Queen of Scots was such a threat to the English throne it would be best to send one of her closest and most faithful courtiers to Scotland as a husband for the Queen, so Elizabeth could stay apprised of her actions. There was only one man Elizabeth trusted not to betray her, Cecil knew this as well, thus Elizabeth commanded Robert to marry Mary, Queen of Scots. Robert refused and Elizabeth breathed a sigh of relief that she would not be parted from her dear Robin.
At this point in history the two had grown closer than ever before. It was acknowledged throughout London that the two were waiting on Robert’s wife, Amy Robsart to die of the disease that was afflicting her, (It is believed that Amy had a form of breast cancer.), so the two could marry. Amy did in fact die, unfortunately her death was rather mysterious leading many to believe that Robert murdered his wife to marry the Queen. Other’s voiced the theory that the Queen murdered Amy to marry Robert.
Robert was now a free man, a free man who happened to come with the stigma of murder attached to him. Because of this he was no longer an acceptable candidate for a husband to the Queen of England. Even those who thought he was innocent, still believed that Amy’s death had been orchestrated so that the two could marry. Thus Robert Dudley’s name had been permanently removed from the Queen’s list of suitable suitors.
Knowing that marrying Elizabeth was no longer an option, he married the her cousin, Lettice Knollys without Elizabeth’s approval, which earned them both a banishment from court.
Elizabeth could not bear to be parted from her Robin for too long and soon he was welcomed back from court.
While it can be stated that the two were in love, no one will ever know the extent of their relationship. The Queen did order for matching portraits or her and Robert to be made, although they did not get finished beyond the sketches.
Our last giveaway is:
The Elizabeth Pack:
Which includes the following:
1 Copy of Elizabeth & Leicester by Sarah Gristwood
1 Copy of The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
1 Copy of The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir (fiction)
1 Copy of Death and The Virgin Queen by Chris Skidmore
1 Elizabeth I James Sadler Tea Pot
1 tin of Harney and Sons Tower of London Tea with a tagalong tin.
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What is the most random, or oddest Tudor fact that you have heard?
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