Thursday 3 am .. 24 March 1603 .. death of Queen Elizabeth I ..
Another foreign account of the decline and death of Elizabeth – this time from Christophe de Harlay, Comte de Beaumont, who was French ambassador to the English court (1602-05). Harlay is likely to have been well informed, because news of the queen’s death had great implications for the establishment by the king of France, Henry IV, of a balance of power with Spain.
The ambassador gives intimate details, especially the touching description of Elizabeth, “holding her finger almost continually in her mouth, with her eyes open and fix’d upon the ground”. Continue reading