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Monday, February 13, 2006
Elizabeth I, another view

Just to start some debate, I though I might share with readers some very different thoughts on Elizabeth I from the very famous Catholic (and Monarchist) writer Hilaire Belloc.

In his book on Charles I, he attempts to trace back the problems in England that led to the end of real Monarchy in 1649. His views are far too complicated for me to go into in any real depth here but just to say his basic idea is that the reformation in England unleashed the forces of social disintegration that led to the challenge of traditional Monarchy.

Belloc holds Elizabeth I in very low regard as show in these pasages: "She was a warped, frustrated woman, sensitive to the accusation of bastardy under she suffered in the eyes of Christendom (for when her mother Anne Boleyn, the mistress of Henry VIII, gave birth to her, the King's legitimate wife was alive)..."


And later:

"The interest lies in this:- An illegitimate daughter was born to Anne soon afterwards - in 1533: we must always remember that she was illegitimate by all the standards of the times both for the English and for the mass of Europe. This bastard daughter lived to be that Queen Elizabeth who was now, in 1603, dying"

Of her reign he says:

"Elizabeth for their figurehead and their symbol - and it was William Cecil who governed England, not the Queen"

He goes on to arguee the England traded in traditional Monarchy for rule by the aristocracy and wealthy business men.

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