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Elizabeth I: In and Out of Prison

Eliz YoungThe Princess Elizabeth with six ladies entered the Tower of London through the Traitor’s Gate by barge on March 18th, 1554. At first, she refused to enter the Tower. Eventually, the rain forced her to enter the Tower where she was lodged near the rooms of the Lieutenant of the Tower, Sir John Brydges.

Elizabeth genuinely feared that she would never leave the Tower alive. She remained in the succession after Mary because Mary couldn’t get Parliament to remove her. Even though she was innocent of a crime, Mary’s Privy Council wanted to be rid of her, either by legal execution or poisoning. They were determined to remove a Protestant from the succession. Although Mary refused to sign Elizabeth’s death warrant, some of her advisors sent a death warrant to the Tower. Fortunately, Brydges realized it had not been signed and refused to carry out the execution.

Elizabeth was eventually denied exercise in the yard, confined to the Tower, and interrogated. She lost weight and became ill. When Sir Henry Bedingfield, a staunch Catholic and supporter of Mary, took over as Constable of the Tower, Elizabeth was even more at risk. Fortunately, she had an ally in Philip of Spain. Mary’s new husband, advised her to spare Elizabeth. Perhaps he felt he would be blamed and wanted to maintain good  relations with the English people. Elizabeth was released from the Tower after two months and lived at Court and in confinement at Woodstock.

After two false pregnancies, Queen Mary died childless in 1558. Elizabeth became Queen of England and ruled until she also died unmarried and childless in 1603. In her long reign, she refused to marry King Philip, her half-sister’s widower and England defeated the Philip’s Spanish Armada.

Tomorrow, A Key to Writing Success. Rita Bay

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Elizabeth’s Journey to the Tower

ElizyoungWhen Sir Thomas Wyatt led a rebellion in January 1554, he implicated Princess Elizabeth by writing a letter to her about overthrowing Queen Mary and place the Princess Elizabeth on the throne of England. The letter from Wyatt to Elizabeth and another one from an ambassador to the King of France were intercepted by Queen Mary’s people. Elizabeth who was probably innocent  but she was no fool.

Queen Mary summoned Elizabeth the thirty miles to London for questioning. Elizabeth became ill, probably from a recurring kidney disease, but Mary’s physicians pronounced her well enough to travel. Traveling only five miles per day, she was escorted to London by three of the queen’s councilors who were known to her. Elizabeth traveled in a litter with the curtains wide open, so that the people of London could see her innocent and frightened.face. She also had been reported to be pregnant, another rumor she wished to dispel. Her pallor was real. Besides being ill,  the route into London took her past the heads of Sir Thomas Wyatt and his accomplices which hung from spikes over London Bridge.

Although Queen Mary was in London, Elizabeth was not allowed to see her. Her household was dismissed and Elizabeth who was interrogated by Bishop Stephen Gardiner. When the interrogation was finished, Gardiner had Elizabeth sent to the Tower of London. Elizabeth, in her early twenties, was terrified because her own mother, Queen Anne Boleyn, had been imprisoned in the Tower and beheaded and buried there. Elizabeth was allowed to write her half-sister. The letter has survived and is known as The Tides Letter. Check out a pic of the young Elizabeth.

Tomorrow, Bits and pieces of the Tides Letter,  Rita Bay

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