Tuesday, May 31, 2011

God Save the Queen!

On this date in 1977, the BBC banned the Sex Pistols' song "God Save the Queen." The controversial song was released (unintentionally, according to the  band) during Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. The song reached #2 in the UK charts, although it is suspected that there was sabotage that prevented the song from reaching #1.

But my blog post isn't about the Sex Pistols, the song, or Queen Elizabeth II....I just needed an interesting segue for my first blog post after my long hiatus.

This post is about Queen Elizabeth I.

Elizabeth was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth was assumed to be heiress presumptive to the throne, but when Anne failed to provide Henry with a male heir, good ol' Hank divorced Anne, had her imprisoned and later executed. Elizabeth was then declared illegitimate and stripped of her title as princess. Ain't that a bitch.

Henry VII died in when Elizabeth was 13 years old and was succeeded by her half-brother, Edward VI. At this time, Elizabeth was sent to live with Henry's last wife, Catherine Par and her new husband, Thomas Seymour. However, Elizabeth was soon sent away when it was discovered that Seymour had a creepy crush on the young girl and the two were found in an "embrace." I know that I've said it once, but I'll say it again- monarchies can be pretty gross.

Edward VI passed away and in his will, he specifically stated that he did not want Elizabeth or her half-sister, Mary receiving the thrown. Instead, he declared as his heir, Lady Jane Grey- granddaughter of Henry VIII. Lady Jane Grey's reign crumbled, so Mary tried her hand at being queen.

At first, Mary and Elizabeth showed solidarity, but since Elizabeth was educated as a Protestant, the Catholic-leaning Mary had her imprisoned in the Tower of London to nip in the bud any Protestant uprisings. But, Elizabeth had the support of the people and when Mary died, Elizabeth was crowned queen.

During her reign, Elizabeth was known as the Virgin Queen. Although she received many offers of marriage, she accepted none of them. Many speculate that it was her experience with Thomas Seymour that turned her off marriage. There are other rumors that she thought herself infertile and did not want to marry. And yet, other's surmise that she avoided marriage to protect her place on the thrown. Regardless of her reasons, her place as the Virgin Queen created a cult following among her subjects and artists alike. Poems and sonnets were written about her, extolling her virtues and inspired "the cult of virginity." In fact, her 44 year reign became known as the Elizabethan era and inspired the works of Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, to name a few. Yep. Not too shabby.

There's a bunch more about Queen Elizabeth, but my head is already spinning from trying to grasp the whole monarchy system with words like "heir apparent" and "heir presumptive," so I'm just going to quit while I'm ahead. But, if you want a honor the Virgin Queen, then you can with this necklace (and shameless plug):
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2 comments:

  1. God Save the Queen, she aint no human bein' LOL!! Love it...not so sure about the cult of virginity though! I love the scrolly stuff on the top of the pendant, really interesting detail!

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