A study of the letters, poems and speeches of Elizabeth I that looks beyond the material that merely relates to her reign. The dangers and insecurities of her early life, her sense of divine protection and her formidable education all stand out as crucial elements in forming her character.
The Italian letter - nothing done as it should be - my own matchless and most kind father - The mind I shall never be ashamed to present - a most Cristenly lerned yonge lady - From 'The Godly Meditacyon'; if your grace had not a good opinion of me - my lord, these are shameful slanders - mine honour and mine honesty - sweet sister Temperance - Bernardino Ochino of Siena - sermon on the nature of Christ; like as a shipman in stormy weather - they did openly preach my sister and I were bastards - Cor Rotto - a house built on sound foundations - I come in no traitor; much suspected - in a worse case than the worst prisoners in Newgate - kept a great while from you, desolatley alone - anatomies of hearts - though I were offered to the greatest prince of all Europe; whensoever time and power may serve - to make a good account to almighty God - that I should continue your good lady and Queen; a marble stone shall declare that a Queen lived and died a virgin - Romish pastors - we highly commend this single life - she has broken her neck; as should neither touch his honesty nor her honour - in the knot of friendship - our right to Calais. The word of a prince; Yonder long lad - charged with the murder of your late husband - one mistress and no master - I will marry as soon as I can conveniently - I love so evil counterfeiting; they have no warrant nor authority - a disordered, unhonourable and dangerous justice - to defer this execution - honour and conscience forbid - a thing very repugnant and contrary to itself - princely pleasures; if I were a milkmaid with a pail on my arm - excessive and terrible shedding of Chistian blood - I must marry - a matter which is so hard for Englishmen to bear - Scylla and Charybdis - they have thought me no fool - where delights be snares, where dangers be imminent; I find no consolation - such a one as one day would give God the vomit - the Church whose overruler God hath made me - to change this our former course - Jesus! what availeth wit? - we Princes, I tell you, are set on stages - my surety cannot be established without a Princess's head - a book and a bull - in the midst and heat of battle; his last letter - instruments to daunt our foes - departing in such sort without our privity - I never feared and what fear was my heart never knew - neither in vain do we put our trust in God - you have made me famous, dreadful and renowned - the law of nature and of nations - you have learned upon our expenses - that man is above me - I have reigned with your loves - constant to the grounds of honour - when thou dost feel creeping time at thy gate.
The Word of a Prince: Life of Elizabeth I from Contemporary Documents by Maria Perry
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