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Elizabeth: A story of survival and strength

I just watched this movie and Kate Blanchett did a wonderful job of portraying the queen. I did enjoy this movie and reading about the story behind the movie.




Declared illegitimate aged 3. Tried for treason aged 21. Crowned Queen aged 25.


The story of Elizabeth's ascendency to the throne, the plot of the movie is full of palace intrigues, attempted assassinations and executions. The movie starts with England divided by faith, Protestant vs. Catholic. The queen, Mary Tudor has no heir and her Catholic supporters fear the succession of her half-sister Elizabeth, a Protestant. They convince the queen to have Elizabeth arrested and put in the Tower of London but the queen hesitates and eventually refuses to sign her death warrant. It is announced that the queen is pregnant but it turns out to be a tumor and she dies of it a while later. Her Catholic supporters are forced to give the throne to Elizabeth. Elizabeth's first few years are shaky as she is not versed with the art of realpolitik and "rules from the heart instead of the mind". There is also the question of her succession as she is yet unmarried and her death without heir would mean the throne falling back into Catholic hands. She has many suitors but she eventually rejects them all. And aided by Sir Francis Walsingham she manages to kill all her enemies and ascends the throne as the "Virgin Queen".

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi4037280025/




Now sending off to netflix and entering a 2 month vacation. We'll see how that works out. I love Netflix!


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7 comments :

  1. Great blog.

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  2. I love this movie. We have it on DVD. You won't be disappointed watching it again and again.

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  3. one of my fav movies - watch the 2nd one - just as great!

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  4. this post caught my eyes. I LOVE this movie, I saw it a long time ago. Elizabeth is my hero.

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  5. I have seen this movie on Netflix and wondered about it. When I saw that you wrote about it, I had to check it out. I may check it out tonight. I love British History...it intrigues me. I just recently watched The Young Victoria and loved it.

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    1. I think I've watched Young Victoria too! I too love British history - the accent, the hills, everything :)

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