Henry VIII was not my favourite historical character. Women to him, were totally expendable. His fierce desire to have a male child, had blinded him to the possibilities of a daughter. I think many men still make that mistake, when they yearn for a son to follow in their footsteps.

My father was not like that. He was passionate about my education.


Henry should have been a little more open-minded, as it was his daughter Elizabeth 1, who was destined to become one of Britain’s greatest rulers. Her speech  whilst waiting to face The Spanish Armada, is a favourite of mine. (Excerpt below:)

Elizabeth I


I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman but I have the heart and stomach of a king.


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