The past cannot be cured.
And in the end this shall be for me sufficient, that a marble stone shall declare that a Queen, having reigned such a time, lived and died a virgin.
In Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the Tudor Dynasty produced two of the most famous monarchs in English history.
Princes have big ears which hear far and near.
To the Fenelon, the French Ambassador.
Chamberlin, The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth (1923), ch. 13.
What a family is without a steward, a ship
without a pilot, a flock without a shepherd, a
body without a head, the same, I think, is a kingdom
without the health and safety of a good monarch.
To her brother, King Edward, c.1550.
Chamberlin, The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth (1923), ch. 1.
I may not be a lion, but I am
a lion’s cub, and I have a lion’s heart
I do not choose that my grave should be dug while I am still alive.
Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested
Must! Is must a word to be addressed to princes? Little man, little man! Thy father, if he had been alive, durst not have used that word.
Elizabeth I, on her death bed.
I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England