Being Bess: Death Could Not Separate Them: How Elizabeth I Connected to Her Deceased Mother
If we can ask, "how did Elizabeth Tudor feel about her mother? Still, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII visited their daughter as often as their schedules would .. Katherine and Henry Carey were the children of Mary Boleyn. Their relationship is another shining example that Elizabeth felt positively about her. Lady Mary Tudor did not accept Anne for who she was, cared nothing for her, and despised her. She blamed Anne for her father King Henry VIII. The Tudors Meme ▷ Seven Characters (1/7) ▷ Lady Mary Tudor The Tudors Meme: [5/5] Relationships: Anne and Elizabeth . 2. two outfits/ Anne Boleyn.
Friends to BeingBess Natalie Grueninger and Claire Ridgway have called to my attention that Anne was lodged in quarters close to the White Tower; these were the same apartments in which she stayed before her coronation.
Unfortunately, these rooms have since been demolished. Seeing as the primary subject of my research is Elizabeth Tudor, I am always grateful for the feedback I receive from those who study her mother, Anne Boleyn, with equal intensity. A photo of the Tower of London as it looks today, with the missing Tudor buildings super-imposed and labeled.
Queen Anne Boleyn's apartments are clearly visible in this view. As a prisoner of royal birth Elizabeth was afforded a few privileges. She could take a daily, supervised walk, which unfortunately took her along the wall that overlooked the scaffold site before the House of Ordnance.
Thus, if Elizabeth wanted fresh air and the opportunity to stretch her legs, she must repeatedly pass the exact place where her mother died, and where she, Anne Boleyn's daughter, might meet her own end Weir, The inner courtyard seen from the wall-walk at The Tower of London.
Picture acquired through Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Crux. Years later, when Elizabeth was Queen, she divulged to a French nobleman that she had thought she would die in the Tower, and that she could not bear the thought of an axe hacking at her neck. So, she had resolved herself to ask for a French swordsman instead. That way she, like her mother, could be quickly dispatched Erikson, cited in Weir, Elizabeth and Her Carey Cousins While the young Elizabeth may not have remembered her aunt, and perhaps had only brief encounters, if any, with her uncle in childhood, she did enjoy a special closeness with her Carey cousins.
Katherine and Henry Carey were the children of Mary Boleyn. Though their individual paternity is uncertain, they were her first cousins. Their relationship is another shining example that Elizabeth felt positively about her mother; had she believed in her mother's guilt, she would never have wanted to put her reputation at risk by associating with the immediate relatives of a convicted traitor and adulteress. This was not out of any genuine affection, or, as some have suggested, because he was Henry VIII's illegitimate child, but because it was his duty to do so as King.
Elizabeth and her Carey cousins first came into acquaintance in childhood; we can imagine how delighted Elizabeth must have been to have finally made contact with a part of her life that had been forbidden to her for so long. Elizabeth probably first met Henry Carey when he was her father's ward, or possibly a short time after, when he had become a member of the King's household. There is some evidence that Katherine Carey spent some of her formative years time in the household of the Lady Elizabeth Weir.
The cousins were certainly acquaintances bysince Elizabeth's Hatfield accounts for the years show that she made a monetary gift "at the christening of Mr. While one or both of the Carey siblings could have been Queen Elizabeth I's half-siblings she certainly would have heard the rumors, and likely had formed her own opinion on the matter Elizabeth could never safely make any overtures that would suggest as much, as this would have been proof of the impediment concerning her mother and father's marriage; Elizabeth herself had been declared illegitimate in simply because of her father's affair with Mary Boleyn, despite a prior papal dispensation that allowed Henry VIII to marry the sister of his mistress Weir, Siblings or not, the bond between Elizabeth, Henry and Katherine was unusually strong.
After she became Queen, Elizabeth treated them both with a great deal less formality than her other intimates at court, and often laughed and joked with them boisterously, particularity in the case of her saucy cousin, Henry. Elizabeth's letters are a testament to their bond; in one letter, written inshe referred to Henry Carey as "our cousin of Hunsdon.
The Carey siblings were Elizabeth's only direct connection to her own mother Mary Boleyn had unfortunately died in And, unlike most of Elizabeth I's friendships and romantic attachments, her Carey cousins' devotion to her never wavered.The Tudors [Clubbed to Death]- Anne Boleyn VS Mary Tudor
Elizabeth never had to question their integrity or loyalty, and she found great peace, and perhaps even a feeling of saftey, because of it.
In addition to the many honors the the hard-working Henry Carey earned while Elizabeth was Queen, he was created 1st Baron Hunsdon. As Lieutenant General of the North, Hunsdon suppressed one of the most serious threats of Elizabeth's reign, the Northern Rebellion of When the rebel army was defeated, with Hunsdon driving Leonard Dacre back over the border, Elizabeth added a personalized note to the congratulatory form letter sent from the state, saying, "I doubt much, my Harry, whether that the victory were given me more joyed me, or that you were by God appointed the instrument of my glory, and I assure you that, for my country's good, the first might suffice, but for my heart's contentation, the second pleased me Still, Queen Elizabeth, not one for sycophancy like her predecessors, only gave accolades to those that had earned it.
One of the many ways she kept her celebrated cousin Hunsdon in check was by never granting him his long-sought-after hereditary titles, Earl of Ormond and of Wiltshire.
Hunsdon laid claim to these titles through their shared grandfather, Thomas Boleyn Weir, While Henry Carey was a leading figure in the public life of Queen Elizabeth, his sister Katherine Carey, or Lady Knollys, got to see the private side of their cousin.
This was a privilege allotted to few. Katherine and Elizabeth were already very close by the time Mary Tudor sat upon the throne. Katherine and her husband Francis Knollys, an outspoken man whose religious convictions would later lead him to become a champion in Parliament for the Puritan movement, felt it best to flee abroad with their children rather than run the risk of persecution Read my bio of Sir Francis Knollys HERE. Elizabeth mourned her separation from her dear cousin, signing her farewell letter to her "cor rotto", or, "broken heart.
As the sister of the Queen, Elizabeth was very closely monitored and never could have escaped herself, even if she had wanted to. Elizabeth may have permitted the dark thought that her sister's reign of terror would only continue, and that she would never see her friends and family again.
A portrait of a pregnant lady with her dog, most likely Katherine Carey-Knollys, by Steven van der Muelen c. Upon Elizabeth I's accession, the Knollys' returned to England. Katherine's devotion to the Queen and her duties as a wife and mother were often at odds; Elizabeth could not bear to part with her cousin for any substantial length of time, and Francis was just as attached to his wife as the Queen was.
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Elizabeth often refused Katherine and Francis's requests to visit one another. In the end it was Elizabeth who was with Katherine Carey-Knollys when she died in at Hampton Court Palace while Francis was away on state business. Both would mourn Katherine's passing with equal intensity. Knollys lamented, "my case is pitiful" and that he was "distracted with sorrow. Even the trappings of the memorial service were lavish, as there was a dispute between the clergy of Westminster Abbey and the College of Arms over who got to keep the furniture Weir, Her Mother's Daughter As we have seen, there is ample evidence which strongly suggests that Queen Elizabeth I felt positively about her mother.
Still, many people continue to try to counter the evidence. Some historians, like David Starkey, believe that Elizabeth and her father has a mostly positive relationship. With respect to Mr. Starkey and his great contribution to researching Tudor history, I find this to be an over-generalization of a very complicated dynamic, and an examination of their relationship if worthy of its own article!
Why would Elizabeth, many have wondered, constantly assert that she was "a lion's cub" and her "father's daughter" etc. And why didn't Elizabeth I, like her sister Mary, push to have her mother's reputation restored and her parent's marriage declared legitimate? Elizabeth I's half-sister, Mary Tudor. The answer to the first question is very simple: Elizabeth was first and foremost a survivor, and her choice to stress her connections to her father, rather than to her mother was deliberate and strategic.
With so much doubt cast on Elizabeth I's paternity, it was essential that she continue to stress, throughout her life, that she was the daughter of King Henry VIII. And, while her father was royal, a distinction that con-notated prestige and respectability, her mother was the daughter of an upwardly mobile nobleman, one of King Henry VIII's "new men. While Elizabeth constantly stressed her paternity, she also did not hide away her pride in being her mother's daughter; in fact, she sometimes flaunted it!
On her way to her coronation inElizabeth passed through a triumphal arch in Gracechurch street during her progress through London to Westminster Abbey. One of the spectacles displayed en route in her honor was a very blatant tribute to both her father and her mother. There is also evidence to support the theory that the lighter crown worn by Queen Elizabeth after her coronation may have been the one originally made for her mother in Arnold, cited in Weir, A rendering probably by an eye-witness of the coronation procession of Queen Elizabeth I, c.
Sketch from a document in the College of Arms. Since Queen Elizabeth's decision to stress her paternity rather than play up the connections to her mother is understandable, the harder question to answer is why did Queen Elizabeth not do as Mary had done and reverse the legal rulings concerning her parents marriage?
There was, in fact, much debate early in Elizabeth's reign as to whether she should do as her sister had done. It would have been unwise to bring up and dissect old controversies surrounding her mother's conviction and execution; doing so would have certainly caused not only an uproar in England but also Catholic Europe, who watched Queen Elizabeth and all her decisions with great interest.
To have re-hashed the past may have cast further doubt on the already precarious Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth's right to rule.
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Queen Elizabeth ultimately chose to put aside her personal belief that her mother was innocent, instead favoring a more reasonable approach, which would help to ensure the stability of her realm. Instead of ordering a full-blown investigation, Queen Elizabeth took the advice of her Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Sir Nicholas Bacon, who had pointed out to her that she was the lawful heiress to the throne of England under Henry VIII's Act of Succession, and no further validation was needed.
A copy of another relevant document, the Oath of Allegiance fromwhich required all of Henry VIII's subjects to swear an oath that they believed in the validity of their King's marriage to Anne Boleyn. This oath would also by default also confirm their belief in the Princess Elizabeth's legitimacy. Parliament drew up a sparsely worded, to-the-point statute confirming Elizabeth's right to be Queen of England. Elizabeth then had a separate act passed declaring that she was her mother's sole heiress, enabling her to inherit her mother's property, which had been forfeited to the crown upon her death Ridley, Neale, cited in Weir.
Elizabeth did not move her mother's body from the Royal Chapel in the Tower for the very same reason: Also, there was the problematic technicality that Anne Boleyn had died in the Catholic faith, having been a reformer of the Catholic religion, and not a Lutheran as she is sometimes called. It would have been quite difficult to determine the appropriate funeral rites for re-burial.
Queen Elizabeth never forgot the grisly death of her mother at the hands of her father, and she often referenced the tragedy that had come to pass, even if it was somewhat indirectly. In Elizabeth told a Scottish envoy that marital conflicts and disastrous ends in her own family without referencing her mother specifically had led her to doubt the stability of the institution of marriage, saying, "Some say that this marriage was unlawful, some that one was a bastard, some other, to and fro, as they favored or misliked.
So many doubts of marriage was in all hands that I stand [in] awe myself to enter into marriage, fearing the controversy. This portrait is probably a copy of a now-lost original. Inthe Queen expressed her fear that, if she were to marry, her husband might "carry out some evil wish, if he had one," and that she "hated the idea of marriage every day more, for reasons which she would not divulge to a twin soul, if she had one, much less a living creature.
Second quote from the Spanish Calender, quoted in Weir, Even Archbishop Parker could not sway her opinions on marriage; when he had spoken to the new Queen, per the request of William Cecil, about the benefits of the estate of matrimony, Parker reported her taking the occasion, "to speak in bitterness of the holy estate of matrimony. To learn more about him, read my biography on him HERE. Elizabeth's aversion to violence, a most un-Tudor-like quality in particular decapitation, especially when it had to do with relations, such as Thomas Howard, 4rth Duke of Norfolk and Mary Stuart was probably due in large part to her childhood traumas and her own near-death experience in the reign of her sister.
Queen Elizabeth always made a great effort to spare her people of the frequent violence she had personally experienced, and that they had endured under the rules of her family members. A portrait of Mary,Queen of Scots, which resided in the Blairs museum. Queen Elizabeth I had to make the very difficult decision to execute her cousin for actively plotting against her life and planning to steal the throne of England.
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However guilty Mary Stuart may have been, Elizabeth I experienced genuine distress over ordering her execution. After Elizabeth I was excommunicated by the Pope inshe had Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, track down and study the papal bull of dispensation from that had sanctioned her parents marriage. Queen Elizabeth wanted to have the document on file in case she needed to prove her legitimacy, beyond a shadow of a doubt, to Catholic Europe.
The falcon is the heraldic charge standing for "perseverance," a quality that both Elizabeth and Anne embodied. Margaret's Church in Norfolk, the tympanum, dating fromdisplays the Tudor arms and Queen Elizabeth I's achievements. To celebrate, a series of jousting events were held. At the beginning of the night, the audience was led into a large chamber hung with arras and brightly lit.
The castle was built of wood and painted green, consisting of three towers. In the towers were eight beautiful ladies, each representing a quality of chivalry.
They wore headdresses of Venetian gold and Milan bonnets. The qualities the women represented were beauty, honour, perseverance, kindness, constancy, bounty, mercy and pity. Mary Tudor played the lead role of beauty, Anne Boleyn made her debut at Court as perseverance and her sister Mary played kindness.
Sarah Bryson Opposite these eight women were eight men representing the perfect male virtues: The eight female virtues were protected from assault by eight members of the royal chapel dressed as Indian women representing danger, disdain, jealousy, unkindness, scorn, sharp tongue and off-handedness. A spokesman for the male virtues asked for the women to come down but the vices resisted and the male virtues had to storm the castle by force. Henry led the attack on the castle; the men threw oranges, dates and other fruits thought to bring pleasure.
The women were rescued and it may have been that Henry rescued his beautiful sister. After this everyone took off their masks off to reveal who they were and the feasting began. It is quite possible that Mary recognised the now twenty-one year old beautiful, sophisticated woman Anne Boleyn. Mary and Katherine had been friends since Katherine had first arrived in England in Although there were nine years between them, the two women shared a mutual love for their king, common interests in sewing, music, and a strong belief in the Catholic faith.
They had dined together, traveled together, both were mothers and both had lost children. From his poetry, we can conclude that it is quite probable that he had a crush on Anne. However, there is no evidence to suggest that Anne returned these feelings.
While there turned out to be no truth in this rumour, Henry was furious at his best friend for making such an accusation and banished him from court.
Retaliating to this accusation Anne Boleyn made one of her own declaring that Brandon was sleeping with his daughter Frances! It will find here many supporters, and therefore should be pressed bluntly. In consequence of this, the whole Court was in an uproar and had the Duke of Suffolk been there, it is supposed that a serious affray would have taken place.
On hearing of what had happened, he Suffolk was on his way to remove the assailants by force from the sanctuary, when the King sent the Treasurer [Thomas Cromwell] to him, and made his return, and has adjusted the affair; and this turmoil displeased him. After these events, Brandon also removed himself from Court and it took the influence of Thomas Cromwell and even a visit from the king to smooth things over. Brandon returned to Court, choosing to keep his mouth shut on all matters related to Anne.
Mary continued to stay away. Wearing a gown of crimson velvet edged in ermine and a purple velvet mantle with her hair loose and hanging to her waist, Anne made the journey barefoot from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey under a canopy of cloth of gold. During the coronation, he stood close to the Anne holding a white staff of office. Wearing a doublet covered in pearls and riding a charger covered in crimson velvet Brandon rode through the wedding feast.