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It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge. Voltaire – French Writer



This Voltaire speaks some truth. It is indeed a shame that it is considered something that it is a virtue. Virginity is not so much a virtue as much as it is a political chess piece, an enticement between Princes with very little else in common to be sure that their bloodlines and claimse upon any given succession can be established. However, Mr. Voltaire obviously subscribes to the erroneous notion that a virgin is somehow simply a woman who is Virgo intacta, and never has known the body of a man is somehow ignorant and lacking knowledge. The old definition, if the man thought about it at all, means a woman who simply does not need a man.

I do not need a king in order to rule as a queen. Indeed, I rule solely by myself and twist any number of Princes in Europe about my fingers in the hopes that they will make England's Virgin Queen their own. Each one of them holding the ambition that they may rule through me. Oh, the designs of such little, simple men! Little do they know that I do not need to have given up my virtue in order to stay at least ten steps ahead of every single member of my Privy Council or Philip of Spain or the King of France. Let them try to outwit me, this simple woman, this 'virgin'. For little do they know, I play them one upon the other and keep them chasing their tails and I do it to let them know that I am Queen, and I shall not be managed by them or by any other man.


Muse: Elizabeth I, Queen of England
Fandom:Historical Person / 'Elizabeth / 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age'

Word Count: 300
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] realmofthemuse

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