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Month: November 2010

Death and the Virgin by Chris Skidmore

Death and the Virgin

Chris Skidmore

Orion; Approximately $40.00

It is hardly mere prurience wondering if the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I of England, was, in fact, a virgin during her reign; it is key to ┬áBritain’s most brilliant ┬ámonarch.

It would seem, for instance, that she was besotted with Robert Dudley, on whom she showered precious gifts and favours. She made him the Earl of Leicester to the disapproval of much of her court. Its censure was understandable ┬ábecause both Dudley’s father and his grandfather were executed as traitors. For many years Elizabeth also allowed Dudley to hope that he might be the one taken in marriage to her royal self.