I just listened to an interesting interview with Glenda Jackson. She talks of how she researched the role of Elizabeth I, including using personal anecdotes from her Ladies, such as the fact that the Queen sucked her thumb!
Her Chief Minister, Robert Cecil, recorded that she did this as she lay dying at Richmond Palace in March 1603.
"Much accused of me, nothing proved can be" - EIR. I wonder if that quote was another fanciful legend about her eh?
The actual quote was:
"Much suspected by me,
Nothing proved can be,
Quoth Elizabeth prisoner".
It was recorded that she scratched those lines with her diamond ring on the window of her apartment at Hatfield House where she was kept under close confinement for the last three years of her sister's reign. Unfortunately, that part of the house no longer exists as it was extensively rebuilt by Robert Cecil who was granted possession of it by Elizabeth's successor, James I.
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