When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.
The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »
Lucy Worsley gets into bed with our past monarchs to uncover the Tales from the Royal Bedchamber. She reveals that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. ... See full summary »
The 3rd Earl of Southampton was William Shakespeare's patron. Many believe he was the subject of many of Shakespeare's sonnets, including sonnet 20, which begins "A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted / Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion." Eddie Redmayne would later play a transgender woman in The Danish Girl. On stage, he has played Shakespeare's heroine Viola, a woman who disguises as a man. See more »
Elizabeth uses a fork when having dinner with Leicester before the battle against Spain but the fork was not introduced to England until the early 17th century when James I was on the throne. See more »
When the series was repeated on British TV in 2006, the footage of the Babington plotters being tortured was cut, and the execution of Queen Mary was cut so that she was beheaded with one stroke, although the scene of Leicester telling Elizabeth that it had taken two strokes was left in. See more »
I thought the movie was wonderful! I cant get enough. I will purchase the movie when it goes on sale. Everyone was excellent in this movie!I think this is the best piece of work Helen mirren has ever done. Jeremy Irons is perfect for his role. Hugh Dancy Did great as the Earl of essex. As I was getting ready to watch the movie I was bouncing off the walls ,as I am a huge admirer of Good Queen Bess. As many movies as I have seen, I still learned from this one. I think it was nice to see, that hough she was powerful she still craved the love that we all crave .Sadly it was really never obtained. I hope everyone will watch this movie .
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