Thursday 3 am .. 24 March 1603 .. death of Queen Elizabeth I ..
On the eve of Elizabeth’s death John Manningham, a student at the Middle Temple in London, visited the court at Richmond. His record of the event is earnest, his information taken from one of the queen’s chaplains, Dr Henry Parry, who was with Elizabeth until the end.
Manningham provides the most famous quote on Elizabeth’s death: “This morning about three at clocke, hir Majestie departed this lyfe, mildly like a lambe, easily like a ripe apple from the tree”. The latin phrase that follows (cum leve …) I cannot source [edit: translation here]. The reference to the rings on April 3 is interesting – but that’s the subject of another post.