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I do believe I rather do like this man. And I must confess, the sound of King Hsu I of England, Ireland and France does have it's appeal. However, I still don't think I would care to share my throne with even one such as he. Although, he is rather nice to look upon!

And, yes, I do confess that my mun did tweak the last one to fit for me. ;)

Puts the Elizabeth in Britain.

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Describe your muse from the point of view of several others external to them. How would their mother describe them? Their ex-boyfriend / girlfriend / lover / spouse? How about someone who is a good friend or an enemy?

Anne Boleyn )

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester )

King Philip II of Spain )

Muse: Elizabeth I, Queen of England
Fandom: Historical / 'Elizabeth' / 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age'
Word Count: 573
crossposted to [ profile] writers_muses
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Comment on this post. I will choose six userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post your answers (and this explanation of the meme) in your own journal (if you want) so others can play along. Or post them here if you don't want to toss it into your own journal.
from Snake )
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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 [ profile] realmofthemuse
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The messages were sent in beer casks, Madame, to your Majesty's cousin, Mary Queen of Scots and her co-conspirators )

Muse: Elizabeth I
Fandom:Historical Person / 'Elizabeth / 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age'
Word Count: 826
crossposted to [ profile] theatrical_muse
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3.5 out of 5 Stars

I will start this review saying at the outset that I am a big fan of director Shakhar Kapur. Certainly, he is one of my top five favourite film directors. I would also say that I am a huge fan of the work of Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett by far has the most incredibly spot-on portrayal of Elizabeth I on film. I will also say that I am an Elizabethan / Tudor history fiend, and I left the film rather unfulfilled. Kapur, with three times the budget he had for the last film, really has underscored that when a director is hungry, he really can stretch his abilities to make a low budget film far better and appear much larger than it truly was in real life. Other than some very ridiculous non-period costumes on Cate Blanchett and alot of CGI for the Spanish Armada, there really wasn't alot to show for the money spent in making the film.

Warning! Spoilers Ahead for those who have not seen the film! )

Author's Note: If any errors, historical or otherwise, are found in this review, they are solely my own. I confess I wrote it off the cuff without picking up a single outside source other than from memory. At any rate, I would be grateful for my fellow Elizabethan history enthusiasts to point them out to me. I am also always grateful for the sharing of historical resources that you may know of that I have not read. I have a bookshelf that is quite literally groaning under the weight of all of the books that I have on Elizabeth and her times, but I always want to read more! Thank you in advance! :-)
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If you could have any mutant/super power which one would it be and what would you do with it? (If you already have a mutant power, what one would you trade it in for?)

What is a 'mutant'? What is a 'super power'? Are they powerful Princes? I do not understand the question. How can I trade for something if I have no idea what this thing is?

I am a Queen, and against all odds I have come to rule. However, be that as it may, that power, which is superb. I cannot trade. I must not. For it is for the good of England and Her People that I must continue as their Queen. Is it mental clarity and diplomacy that give one a super power? I would like to think that as my father's daughter I have at least some of his - and my mother's intelligence. I regret to say, that if I do not understand the question, then I cannot be expected to answer it.

Would that Walsingham were here. Perhaps he could explain what a mutant is or what a super power might be.

Muse: Elizabeth I
Fandom: RPF / 'Elizabeth' and 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Word Count: 155
crossposted to [ profile] theatrical_muse
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"The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of the things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place."-- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon

When I inherited the Throne of England from my sister, Mary, few people realized just how close England and Her Empire came to vanishing forever. My sister's rule was, in a word, disastrous. Her husband, Philip of Spain, the Royal Consort, had been using what was left of England's wealth to finance his own wars and various endeavours. From the outset, I knew that the most important thing for me, and indeed for England itself was security. In order to gain that I needed two things above all: peace and money. Failure to obtain either of them and England would become as if it had never existed in the first place. On one side, we had been little more than a vassal state for Spain, on the other side, France, particularly Mary of Guise for her daughter, my cousin, Mary Queen of Scots wanted to lay claim to my Throne. The world that my father had created, the Tudor line that my brother, Edward. inherited, was precariously close to the precipice. In spite of all of his youth and hope and my sister, Mary for all of her zealotry, England as I inherited it was almost completely without money and had few true friends upon whom to rely.

I was well aware of the need to stave England's would-be Masters from invading our shores. Philip, my sister's widower husband, had actively promoted my claim the Throne over that of my cousin, Mary Stuart. In spite of their shared Catholicism, Philip could scarcely side with the Scottish queen and not in some way illegitimize his ow claim to the Throne of England, which he held through his mother, Isabelle of Portugal. He knew well enough to do so would give France a clear advantage and that he could not and would not abide. Philip also knew even while my sister Mary lived that I practised the New Faith in private, while in public attended Mass daily. Still to this day his tolerance and clemency on the matter was astounding to me. It showed a religious tolerance that few were even aware that any in Spain had, let alone their King. My brother-in-law saw fit to put forth himself as a suitor to me, and I, for England's sake must at least give the appearance of actually seriously considering it. Make no mistake, Philip was not a repulsive man, but England (and I) had had it's fill of papist's rule.

With no money, armed only with courage, conviction, my advisors and the Will that both my father and mother had given me since birth, we would create an illusion of power and wealth to dazzle England's enemies and give an impression of a glorious beginning. Always we had to remain several moves ahead of all other Courts in Europe, and lead our would be allies as well as our adversaries in the very direction that we desired them to. Whether or not they were aware of it, was immaterial. The real conquest for England would come through my merchants and 'adventurers' that would transform England through the clever diversion and redistribution of wealth. One way or another England would not disappear; even if the wealth of either Spain or France would disappear. We would survive.

Muse: Elizabeth I, Queen of England
Fandom: RPF / Historical / "Elizabeth" and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
Word Count: 578

crossposted to [ profile] theatrical_muse
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I see myself continuing to rule England, of course. I do not intend to marry, and I do not intend to share my power with anyone else. England's hold on power and position in Europe is tenuous at best, and quite precarious at the worst of times. I have no illusions. I know that in order to keep my kingdom from being removed from the world stage and placed as a vassal state depends very much on several factors: one of which is the idea that I am still yet a virgin, still of marriageable age and that the power that I hold is enough of a lure to any prince who seeks to improve his position on that stage.

The peace and prosperity of my reign depends upon whether or not I have the strength and courage to follow my convictions - and the stomach to do those things which others would not deign to try. Yes, I am the Queen of the Pirates. Through me the trade of piracy is born and the men on board these ships sing the praises of their beloved 'Gloriana'. Through the harassment of Spain's ships and those of all enemies of England, under letters of marque, we have taken England from being a backwater minor consideration in Europe to being an Empire that the world shall reckon with. The Tudor Throne shall endure and so shall Our legacy.

Muse: Elizabeth I
Fandom: RPF / historical / 'Elizabeth', 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age'
Word Count: 230
Crossposted to [ profile] theatrical_muse
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To His Majesty, King Henry: )

To Our Cousin, Mary Stuart: )

Muse: Elizabeth I
Fandom: RPF / historical / 'Elizabeth', 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age'
Word Count: 445
Crossposted to [ profile] theatrical_muse
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I am infinitely sad that the LJ of Our Cousin, [ profile] mary_ofscotland has been deleted. I know I have been rather busy as of late and have not answered as I should have. I was out of town on vacation and had connectivity issues. Her responses were so in depth and what is more, they made me think, filled me with terror and trepidation. It makes me sad that someone who obviously had such a command of history and a sensitivity toward the period and the person decided to make their exit.

I was even making arrangements with a friend to convert the DVD series from PAL to Region 1 so that I could watch it for myself.

You shall be missed, Cousin.


Jul. 29th, 2007 10:27 pm
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Everything since before I was born has always been about religion. When my father, the King, wished to marry my mother, Anne Boleyn, the Pope threatened him with excommunication. My father, unimpressed and no longer content to ask permission of anyone - let alone Christ's Vicar on Earth - he broke away from the Church of Rome and declared himself to be the head of the Church of England. His marriage to his brother's sister, was not legitimate and his union with her, according to scripture, was a sin. From the point that he threw off Rome's yoke, he was free to marry my mother. It was rumoured, though it could never be proven, that she was already with child - myself - when they were married. The stain of possibly being a bastard hangs over one's head never more clearly than it does when you are in the line of succession.

My brother, Edward, burned Catholics at the stake - my sister Mary followed suit and burned Protestants. When I took the throne I declared an end to such practices and sought to end the tiresome squabbling )

Muse: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, Ireland and France
Fandom: RPF / historical / 'Elizabeth', 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age'
Word Count: 1106 (includes some movie dialogue but not enough to take away from the required word count)
crossposted to [ profile] theatrical_muse
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Talk about YOUR playing wishes and dreams. Is there a character that you have always wanted to play, but never dared? Is there a show, movie or some fandom that you wish people would embrace and pick up pups from, because you always wanted to play in that? Is there an Original Character that has long lived inside your head, and you don't play them because you don't think anyone would get them? Is there a character you wish someone would pick up, because your muse would love to play with that pup? Talk about YOUR playing wishes and dreams.

More Tudor / Elizabethan muses would be fabulous. I have seen a new Mary Queen of Scots and she is marvelous. So far Elizabeth has had a great time with her. I'd love to bring Walsingham out of mothballs, but he is so complex to write! I would love to see someone tackle King Henry VIII, Elizabeth's Father and of course Anne Boleyn, her mother.

I have always wanted to write Queen Tiye, the mother of Tutankamun, simply because she was an incredible woman who was so pivotal and important in the lives of three kings in Ancient Egypt and yet so few know about her. Most of the muses that I am drawn to possibly writing are historical persons. I think British courtesan, Henriette Wilson would be fascinating to write, and the Countess of Sommerset in the court of James I. I would also love to be able to take on Sacagawea (pronounced, "Sah-CAH-g-WEE-ah), the Shoshone woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their Expedition of Discovery. She has alot to tell, I am sure, but culturally some of the prompts would not work for her.

As far as fandoms, I would love to see someone actually write and hold Vincent Hanna from Michael Mann's heat. He was an absolutely fascinating character, and a cop's cop. There is just such depth in that character and I've only seen two very good attempts at playing him and alas he was given up to the demands of real life.

I'd love to also see someone bring back Captain Barbossa.

Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings. So many people who write "magical" or witch / wizard / sorcerer muses truly get it. I think I would chalk that up to a very small percentage who actually are practicing Witches and/or Magicians in their own right. I think that Gandalf was such an accomplished wizard that like most who master their Art, would have little reason to flaunt it at every given opportunity. On that note, if someone had the chutzpah to actually try to write someone like Aleister Crowley and touch upon the ways in which he was a genius and in the ways where he was a complete madman.

Others that would be incredible?

Armand Dorleac the sadistic gaoler from the Count of Monte Cristo. Vincent and Detective Fanning from Collateral, again,two more Michael Mann characters that really deserve more time written as muses. There is so much depth there.
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Listed below are some of the resources that I have used in writing [ profile] nomanselizabth. Admittedly, I have drawn heavily from the movies 'Elizabeth' and 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age', starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Shekhar Kapur. However, listed below are some of the historical resources that I have used. These are listed alphabetically by author's last name rather than order of importance. All of them contributed somewhat. :-)

"Elizabeth I CEO: Strategic Lessons from the Leader Who Built an Empire" by Alan Axelrod, 2000, Prentiss Hall

"Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham and the Birth of Modern Espionage" by Stephen Budiansky, 2005, Viking Press

"The First Elizabeth" by Carolly Erikcson, 1983, Summit Books

"The Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I, Genius of the Golden Age" By Christopher Hibbert, 1992, Perseus Books

"Elizabeth The Great" by Elizabeth Jenkins, 1958, Phoenix Press

"Elizabeth I: Selected Works" edited by Lea S. Marcus, Janet Mueller and Mary Beth Rose, 2001, University of Chicago Press

"The Life And Times of Elizabeth I" (Portraits in Greatness Series) Edited by Dr. Enzo Orlandi, Massimo Rossaro and C.J. Richards, 1967 Hamlyn Publishing Group, ltd.

"With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain and the Fight For A Nation's Soul and Crown" by Benton Rain Patterson, 2007, St, Martin's Press

"Elizabeth I" By Anne Sommerset, 1991, St. Martins Griffin Press

"Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne" by David Starkey, 2001, Harper Collins, Publishers

"The Cult of Elizabeth: Elizabethan Portraiture & Pagentry" by Roy Strong, 1977 BAS Printers Limited, London

"The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire" by Susan Ronald, 200, Harper Collins Publishers

"What Life Was Like In the Realm of Elizabeth: England AD 1533 - 1603)" by the Editors of Time-Life, 1998, Time-Life Publishing

"Historical Dictionary of the Elizabethan World: Britain, Ireland, Europe and America" by John A. Wagner, 1999 Oryx Press

No doubt this list will be getting longer, but suffice it to say that I am constantly doing research in order to do this muse justice.
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Would you..
1. Give me your number?
2. Let me hug you anytime I wanted to?
3. Let me kiss you?
4. Watch a movie with me...even a really sappy one?
5. Let me take you out to dinner?
6. Drive me somewhere/anywhere?
7. Take a shower with me?
8. Have a fling with me?
9. Listen to me if I called you crying even if you were out with all of your friends?
10. Buy me a drink if I didnt have money?
11. Take me home for the night?
12. Let me sleep in your bed?
13. Sing karaoke with me?
14. Sit in the doctors office with me because I didn't want to go alone?
15. Re-post this for me to answer your questions?
16. Come pick me up at 3am because my car ran out of petrol in the middle of nowhere?
17. Cry if I died?
18. Dance with me?
19. Sing happy birthday to me?
20. Take advantage of me if I was drunk?
21. Strip for me?
22. Do you think I'm cute or hot?
23. Do you like my style?
24. Do you think I'm funny?
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Elizabeth had been busily and most discreetly making preparations for a visit from a very good friend. This friend, upon his last visit, had set the entire court on its ear by taking her up in his glider and whisking her away. Cecil and Walsingham had both been united in their outcry of such tomfoolery and a few of the Privy Council had even thought of the idea of trying to press their Queen for the execution of this interloper!

But Elizabeth, Good Queen Bess, would hear none of it. Snake Plisken, unlike so many of her Courtiers truly made her laugh. And now as she was up before many in her household, she knew that this was the appointed day for her friend to arrive. There were faires and revels and all manner of celebration. Most thought it was to celebrate England's victory over Phillip of Spain and the Armada, and who was she to correct them? She would keep her secret quite close to her breast.


Jun. 24th, 2007 11:46 am
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This fall a sequel is coming to the movie, Elizabeth, staring Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush, directed by Shekhar Kapur, called Elizabeth: The Golden Age. The movie is set for release this October. It has much of the original cast, Clive Owen will star as Sir Walter Raliegh. Again, this film will be directed by Shekhar Kapur, one of my all -time favourite directors. I have just downloaded the trailer and it looks absolutely FANTASTIC!!

You can check it out, HERE. Right mouse-click to save target as to your HD. It's well worth it!
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I have had the distinct pleasure of making your aquaintence, Admiral Norrington. You have the most wondrous quality of asking excellent questions. Would that you were an Admiral in My Own Navy.  )

01. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
02. I respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
03. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
04. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
05. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.