Two faiths, two empires, two rulers - colliding in 1588. Papist Spain wants to bring down the heretic Elizabeth. Philip is building an armada but needs a rationale to attack. With covert intrigue, Spain sets a trap for the Queen and her principal secretary, Walsingham, using as a pawn Elizabeth's cousin Mary Stuart, who's under house arrest in the North. The trap springs, and the armada sets sail, to rendezvous with French ground forces and to attack. During these months, the Virgin Queen falls in love with Walter Raleigh, keeping him close to court and away from the sea and America. Is treachery or heroism at his heart? Does loneliness await her passionate majesty? Written by
Mary, Queen of Scots, was not originally part of the Babington Conspiracy. Sir Francis Walsingham, who wanted an excuse to have her convicted of a capital crime, got one of the conspirators to act as a double agent and entrap her. See more »
The real Babington Plot, to assassinate Queen Elizabeth at the altar, was thwarted in the planning stages. The dramatic confrontation shown in the film is pure fiction. See more »
Spain is the most powerful empire in the world. Philip of Spain, a devout Catholic, has plunged Europe into holy war. Only England stands against him, ruled by a Protestant Queen.
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Cate Blanchett is the definitive Elizabeth, and she proved it in the first film
"Elizabeth," the first film, was about a young woman coming to the throne in a period of great turmoil, and how she dealt with that It was love in the context of power, betrayal, and survival
In "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," we're dealing with the most famous aspects of her regime, the Spanish Armada, the Babington Plot, which was a major plot against her, and Walter Raleigh bringing back the very early understanding of the New World, and the horizons beyond Britain It is the exploration of unrestricted power
Elizabeth, as cultured and as intelligent and eloquent as she was, had never left the shores of England And into her court, strides an explorer who has literally been where the maps end The gallant Raleigh (Clive Owen) was a free spirit who thrills the queen with his tales and discoveries at sea The classic 16th-century adventurer who doesn't play by any official rules, and he does bring into the world of the court something very alluring, enigmatic and charismatic, which has a big impact on the queen
The relationship between Raleigh and Elizabeth was very complicated There were things holding Elizabeth back "We mortals have many weaknesses; we feel too much, hurt too much or too soon we die, but we do have the chance of love." These words were spoken by Sir Walter Raleigh to the Virgin Quenn It's very rare that the Queen takes interest in a man, and she does
At this special point, England was very weak militarily Elizabeth had discharged the navy And once again it was the old problem of religious instability, which harasses the human race frequently
Anybody that's interested in this period of history will find it fascinating just how capable Elizabeth was in regards to how she dealt with the captive Queen of Scots
Mary Stuart (Samantha Morton) had great respect for the Protestant Elizabeth, and was remarkably intrigued by her, and desperate to meet her, and fascinated For several years Elizabeth suffered about her execution because she really believed two things She believed that any queen was divine She accepted as true that her Catholic cousin was there by the will of God, and therefore, Mary was there by the will of God And in executing Mary, she would disintegrate her one belief that she herself was divine
Mary found it in death Elizabeth had to find it in life So if you look at the Armada, Elizabeth finally does become divine, and that's why we had to admire how the scene of the Armada is shot, by Shekhar Kapur, in that way It's not actually a fiery sea battle between two countries It's a 'Holy War' with Spain Therefore, the defining moments of the Armada is when Elizabeth walks up across the verdant cliffs in flowing white nightgown She's no longer the Avenging Queen She's instead a supernatural being, a disembodied soul defeating the enemy, dominating the fearless of the waves, the force of the storm, and the strength of fire
Dripping with intrigues, plots, battles, mysteries, and strong emotions, the film captured the ecclesiastical spaces of the cathedrals to look more like a palace environment It also captured the feel of the16th century architecture, linking and matching it to the proper locations
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