Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Question from Louise - Children of Elizabeth I ?

For my second year at a level history i am ivestigating the possibility that elizabeth 1st did actually have children. would be grateful if anyone had any info or know where i could find some thanks


Anonymous said...

There is absolutely no evidence Elizabeth Tudor ever had children - unsurprising in a 'Virgin Queen'.

Rumors to the contrary invariable stem from her enemies and people distant from the court who were in no position to know.

Given the fact that Elizabeth was under surveillance by her attendants, ministers and courtiers every minute of every day it is quite literally impossible she could have successfully concealed a pregnancy.

PlusHeureuse said...

Not wanting to depress you but i feel taht you ahve very little change of beng able to gain anything from this investigation as someone as high profile as E would ahve be unable to conceal a pregnancy...and there is little evidence that she was anything other than the Virgin Queen she calimed to be.

Anonymous said...

I think that it's worth looking at. I agree that there's little or no evidence that Elizabeth had children. I think the only suggestion that she may have had children is the fact that she was, probably, a sexually active adult female, at least some of the time.

Still, if you can look at the relevant evidence and come up with a conclusion that makes sense, then you should get good grades:-) Unfortunately, I don't think that conclusion would be that she had any children, but if you can argue the opposite effectively i would be impressed.

Anonymous said...

It is possible that she had children which where hidden and adopted by nobles. As a "virgin queen" to uphold her reputation and keep her throne no record would be left of the bastard child she gave birth to. As a queen you can conseal many things that is why you have trusted advisors.

Anonymous said...

Although year 1561 does come to mind, when Her Majesty was in bed for 2 months with "dropsy" (i.e.edema)and the year in which certain of her Ladies in Waiting feigned pregnancy. In this year, her "favorite godson," Sir John IV Harrington was born upon whom she doted. His "father," Sir John III, had already been married to Elizabeth's not so secret half-sister, Etheldreda Dingley Malte, and could be trusted with confidence. Later, the wife of her "favorite godson," Lady Harrington (Mary Rogers) is known to have been the recipient of many sumptuous garments from Her Majesty. Could be a coincidence, but the year 1561 should be examined.