Quiz : Elizabeth I Myths
By the time of her death in 1603, Queen Elizabeth had become a legend. Over the next four centuries,
that legend grew as her reign receded further and further into history. Many stories about this great Queen have been
told, but not all of them are true. Some of them have been accepted as true for generations, some perhaps we would want to be true.
Try and guess for yourself which legends are true and which are merely myth!
Baby Elizabeth was so neglected by her father, the king, that she had to wear clothes that were too small.
Princess Elizabeth did not like her cousin, Lady Jane Grey.
On the death of Thomas Seymour, Elizabeth whispered:"This day died a man of much wit, but very little judgement".
Princess Elizabeth was so heartbroken at the death of Thomas Seymour, that she vowed never to marry.
Lady Elizabeth and Robert Dudley were both imprisoned in the Tower of London at the same time, and only a walkway separated them.
Lady Elizabeth was standing beneath an oak tree when she was given the news that she was now queen.
Queen Elizabeth never mentioned her mother, Anne Boleyn.
Queen Elizabeth had a sixth finger on one hand like her mother.
Queen Elizabeth had a very bad temper.
Queen Elizabeth swore and spat.
Queen Elizabeth never smiled.
Queen Elizabeth beat her maids of honour regularly.
Queen Elizabeth was afraid of mice.
Queen Elizabeth rarely had a bath.
Queen Elizabeth was bald.
Queen Elizabeth had lots of lovers.
Queen Elizabeth had secret children.
Sir Walter Raleigh placed his cloak over a pool of mud before Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth had black teeth.
Queen Elizabeth was so afraid of having a tooth taken out that one of her Archbishops had to show her that the pain was bearable by having a tooth out himself.
Queen Elizabeth had nicknames for her favourite courtiers.
Queen Elizabeth was always having heads chopped off.
Queen Elizabeth knighted Francis Drake upon his famous ship called "The Golden Hind".
Queen Elizabeth kept the letter that Robert Dudley sent to her before his death in her treasure box beside her bed, where it was found fifteen years later when she herself died.
Queen Elizabeth was superstitious and had an interest in the occult.
Queen Elizabeth was really Shakespeare.
Queen Elizabeth had hundreds of dresses.
The Earl of Essex sent Queen Elizabeth a ring before his execution, hoping she would pardon him on receiving it, but one of the Queen's ladies did not give it to her. When the Queen found out she never forgave the lady.
On her deathbed the Queen whispered Robert Dudley's name.
Queen Elizabeth's ghost was seen walking the corridors of Richmond Palace while the Queen lay dying.
Queen Elizabeth's last words were: "All my possessions for a moment of time".
Queen Elizabeth's ghost is said to haunt to Windsor Castle