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The Man Who Would Be… Queen?
As a student of history I very much enjoy tidbits of information on famous people throughout the centuries. As an example, William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, and the foremost playwright of Elizabethan England was undoubtedly a Catholic, by necessity closeted… yes, but nonetheless a Catholic. Though his secret history is true, much of contemporary writings are nothing other than revisionist histories or simply the way the author might have wished it had been. Dan Brown’s infamous and sacrilegious books are an example of this, as is the nonsensical but oft revived myth of Pope Joan. Well, now we have yet another nonsensical revision this time concerning Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I, the daughter of King Henry VIII, (and a powerful heresiarch to boot), and the hapless Anne Boleyn. It would seem a huckster, again wishing to get rich on controversy, has written a book claiming there is good evidence that the teenage Princess Elizabeth died of fever in her youth and unbeknownst to Henry a switch was made with a local schoolmate by the foster parents who were charged with her safekeeping. The rub was that the only schoolmate under tutelage was a boy of twelve years. At any rate, the far-fetched sham was foisted on Henry for the rest of his natural life and was pulled over the Realm of England up until and beyond Elizabeth’s death decades later. While it is improbable that such a thing could happen to such a prominent and public figure for so long, yet the news article below makes interesting reading, as well as, fodder for the imagination if applied to other historical figures, say Cleopatra or even in reverse such manly figures as Alexander or Caesar really being women. It might even provide a basis for a good comedy skit. Needless to say, and to tie in once again the great Elizabethan Bard, the author of this book on a cross-dressing Queen is obviously having “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream”.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.