Essay on Elizabeth : The Heart And Stomach Of A King

2102 Words Dec 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Queen Elizabeth I may have professed to have had “the heart and stomach of a king,” but her true greatness lay in her mind. Elizabeth’s character was a true symbolic amalgamation of male and female: the earth mother of her people, the true daughter of Henry VIII. Elizabeth’s brilliant leadership and iconoclastic stature secured her place as one of the most legendary rulers in history. In a few short decades, Elizabeth was able to unite her country, move it out of economic downturn, and secure it as one of the most powerful nations on earth. Birth and early years

Elizabeth’s birth in September 1533 was met with great anticipation, mostly from her father, Henry VIII, who all but expected a son. Attempting to “contrive his bitter disappointment” (Hibbert, 1992, p. 13), Henry sanctioned a baptism with all the pomp and circumstance befitting a princess; however, obviously dismayed, he was conspicuously absent from the ceremony and reception. Once again, Henry was disappointed in one of his many wives. Aside from being the daughter of a king, with two older siblings already, Elizabeth was not first on the minds of the English people as a possible heir. However, within two short decades, both her siblings were dead and Elizabeth ascended to the throne. Hibbert (1992) recalls the first blessing bestowed on Elizabeth as a baby, one that would come to fruition in more ways than one, given by the Garter King of Arms: “God of his infinite goodness, send prosperous life and…

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