Elizabeth I: Virgin Queen? She was a right royal minx!

Elizabeth I: Virgin Queen? She was a right royal minx!

Virgin Queen She was a right royal minx! The outrageous flirting, jealous rages and nightly visits to a courtier”s bedroom of Elizabeth I

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Gloriana:The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, painted around 1588

Gloriana:The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, painted around 1588

The signature of Queen Elizabeth I on a letter

Autocrat”s autograph: The signature of Queen Elizabeth I on a letter

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, by Steven Van Der Meulen

Regal: A portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, by Steven Van Der Meulen

Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth and Joseph Fiennes as Robert Dudley in the film Elizabeth

Romance: Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth and Joseph Fiennes as Robert Dudley in the film Elizabeth

Statesman: William Cecil, Lord Burghley, was chief adviser to Elizabeth

Statesman: William Cecil, Lord Burghley, was chief adviser to Elizabeth

Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I was known to be flirtatious but for her it was a way to power over men

Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I was known to be flirtatious but for her it was a way to power over men

Intrigue: Abbie Cornish as Bess Throckmorton and Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth

Intrigue: Abbie Cornish as Bess Throckmorton and Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth

Fall from grace: Amy Robsart, Robert Dudley

Fall from grace: Amy Robsart, Robert Dudley”s wife, was discovered dead at the foot of the stairs in their country house in September 1560

Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth, Eric Cantona as the French Ambassador and Richard Attenborough as Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley,as negotiations begin that may bring her to a marriage with the Duke of Anjou

Diplomacy: Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth, Eric Cantona as the French Ambassador and Richard Attenborough as Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley,as negotiations begin that may bring her to a marriage with the Duke of Anjou

Favourite: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

Favourite: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

The Ruins of Kenilworth Castle, by Thomas Cole

Faded grandeur: Thomas Cole”s The Ruins of Kenilworth Castle, scene of the Earl of Leicester”s lavish reception of Elizabeth I in 1575

Satirist: William Shakespeare

Satirist: William Shakespeare

Wife: Lettice Devereux, the Countess of Leicester

Wife: Lettice Devereux, the Countess of Leicester

Iconic: Cate Blanchett pictured as Queen Elizabeth I in a scene from the film The Golden Age directed by Shekhar Kapur.

Iconic: Cate Blanchett pictured as Queen Elizabeth I in a scene from the film The Golden Age directed by Shekhar Kapur.

Emblemic: Elizabeth in armour to address her troops before they tackle the Spanish Armada

Emblemic: Elizabeth in armour to address her troops before they tackle the Spanish Armada