Deathbed quote by Elizabeth I - reliable?
"I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over."
My citation for this is F.Chamberlain, The sayings of Queen Elizabeth (London 1923) p.308.
Magnificent (and truthful), but smells of propaganda!
I wonder if this book is worthwhile, and whether anyone has a view on the reliability of the quote.
Quick google yielded a flash of critical invective from JE Neale:
Here on Amazon: