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To learn more about the engraver of the 17th-century head-piece pictured to the left, see the IN BRIEF biography for Wenceslaus Hollar.

Click/tap here for a facsimile of a popular 17th-century print glorifying Elizabeth’s military speech act.

Elizabeth’s published Declaration accepting the protectorate of the Netherlands (1585), setting forth the reasons which had induced her to give military aid to the afflicted and oppressed people of the Low Countries, is available as an original She-philosopher.​com e-publication. See the digital edition, Lib. Cat. No. ELIZ1585.

For Margaret Cavendish’s depiction of Elizabeth as a powerful warrior-queen and shrewd politician (“though she cloathed her self in a Sheeps skin, yet she had a Lions paw, and a Foxes head”), see the IN BRIEF biography of Queen Elizabeth I.
  Includes a rare portrait, suppressed by the Elizabethan state, of the Virgin Queen as a haggard old woman.

Three 16th-century documents popularizing the tale of Thomas Appletree’s accidental, near-miss shooting of Elizabeth I in 1579 are available as an original She-philosopher.​com e-publication. See the digital edition, Lib. Cat. No. BALLAD1579.
  This was another public occasion at which Elizabeth showed extraordinary personal bravery.


This forthcoming title (Library Cat. No. ELIZ1588) is not yet listed in She-philosopher.​com’s Library Catalog.

First Published:  March 2017
Revised (substantive):  9 May 2021

Under Construction

S O R R Y,  but this e-publication page — giving three 17th-century versions of Elizabeth I’s celebrated Armada speech, delivered on 9 August 1588 to the English troops at Tilbury, which includes the famous line: “I know I have the bodie, but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and Stomach of a King, and of a King of England too ....” (as transcribed by Leonell Sharpe, c.1623; other 17th-century transcripts use slightly different phrasing) — is still under construction.

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^ 17th-century head-piece, showing six boys with farm tools, engraved by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607–1677).

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