Queen Elizabeth I…

Her Majesty...

I am trying out some stylistic alternatives using a highly recognizable historical figure as a model… Queen Elizabeth the First was really quite an interesting character and she had to be pretty tough to keep her throne – and her head! This study also happens to be background work for the alternate-history-fantasy-graphic-novel that I am working on with Tom Radcliffe. It is not yet ready to spring upon the unsuspecting world – but we’re working on it!!

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer

UPDATE: New poem in from Tom – see comments for further commentary!

Although this body is a woman’s–weak–
It has the heart and stomach of a king:
A King of England, too. So please do speak
Of all the dangers Rome and Spain will bring
Unto the watered borders of my realm
All girded round by Neptune’s ramparts tall;
A Grand Armada soon will turn its helm
To batter down our Oceanic walls
But though I’m not like Boudicca arrayed
With armoured chariot and iron shield
For God’s true strength I’ve long and chastely prayed;
While England stands her Queen will never yield.
Let come the Spaniard in his ships of war
Let England stand for now and ever-more.

Copyright (C) 2011 Tom Radcliffe

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9 Responses to “Queen Elizabeth I…”

  1. I wonder if Elizabeth’s clothing choices were influenced by frill lizards, such as this one: http://naturescrusaders.wordpress.com/2008/10/27/frilled-dragon-flashed-cape-if-upset/

    Whether intentionally or not, it might have helped her subliminally intimidate people into respecting her as the boss. 🙂

  2. You’re really caught the force of her personality!

  3. Although this body is a woman’s–weak–
    It has the heart and stomach of a king:
    A King of England, too. So please do speak
    Of all the dangers Rome and Spain will bring
    Unto the watered borders of my realm
    All girded round by Neptune’s ramparts tall;
    A Grand Armada soon will turn its helm
    To batter down our Oceanic walls
    But though I’m not like Boudicca arrayed
    With armoured chariot and iron shield
    For God’s true strength I’ve long and chastely prayed;
    While England stands her Queen will never yield.
    Let come the Spaniard in his ships of war
    Let England stand for now and ever-more.

    Copyright (C) 2011 Tom Radcliffe

    Trying to capture the adamant and intense nature you’ve portrayed in the image, which unfortunately also involves capturing her less savoury qualities and attitudes; but these were the attitudes of her day and time, and while we can look forward to a less nationalistic future, and lament the stupidity of the nationalistic past, humans are not so far out of the trees that these attitudes won’t always find an echo of response in us.

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