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. Many of we daughter’s adore our fathers.Don’t count us out we may be a man’s greatest legacy!


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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