This period drama frames the tumultuous affair between Queen Elizabeth I and the man who would be King of England, Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex. Ever the victor on the battlefield, Devereux returns to London after defeating Spanish forces at Cadiz. Middle-aged Elizabeth, so attracted to the younger Devereux but fearful of his influence and popularity, sends him on a new mission: a doomed campaign to Ireland. When he and his troops return in defeat, Devereux demands to share the throne with the heir-less queen, and Elizabeth, at first, intends to marry. Ultimately sensing the marriage would prove disastrous for England, Elizabeth sets in motion a merciless plan to protect her people and preserve her throne. Written by
Elizabeth I's love for the Earl of Essex threatens to destroy her kingdom.
Did You Know?
To give the illusion of baldness, Bette Davis
shaved her head two inches in front to show a high forehead under Elizabeth's red wigs. See more
Elizabeth completely smashes a mirror but in next shot a large shard of it still remains in the frame. See more
Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex
And now, may I go? This dying sticks in my mind and makes me poor company.
Edited into Adventures of Don Juan
Lyrics written by Walter Raleigh
Sung by Olivia de Havilland
(dubbed by Faith Kruger
Lute playing dubbed by an anonymous lutist See more