Thursday 3 am .. 24 March 1603 .. death of Queen Elizabeth I ..
First I want to explain the political significance of Elizabeth’s decline, and then present the various accounts of her death in a series of posts.
Some of the accounts are first hand, some second hand; some matter of fact, some spooky. There is no historical consensus, and scholars are selective in the weight they give to each source (an excellent summary by Leanda de Lisle in After Elizabeth). So I hope this series will be useful.
In the end I want to explain why this event is so controversial, and why so interesting – at least to myself. Continue reading