Things I Like: Queen Elizabeth I of England (Reign)

Queen Elizabeth Reign CW

Since Reign has Mary, Queen of Scots as the hero, then Queen Elizabeth Tudor had to be the villain. Though she’s not really wicked at all, which I thought they were going to try, at least when she tries to ally with Catherine de Medici.

Redhead Queen Elizabeth Reign CW

Like Mary, Elizabeth is a ruling Queen in misogynistic times. Unlike Mary, she never had a husband.

Queen Elizabeth council meeting Reign CW

Which causes many of her lords to not give her the full respect she deserved.

Queen Elizabeth Crossbow hunting Reign CW

Though she did manage to impress some of them with her own valor, not just being the daughter of King Henry VIII.

Anne Boelyn Reign CW

I thought this scene where she dreams of her mother Anne Boleyn was somewhat powerful. Her mother was killed when Elizabeth was really young, but I could imagine that the Tudor Queen of reality had a lot of trauma from losing her.

Queen Elizabeth yellow dress Reign CW

The show also shows her being courted by many suitors. But she never gives many much attention or consideration.

Queen Elizabeth Robert Dudley Reign CW

But the show details her relationship with her “friend” Robert Dudley. If he hadn’t already been married, he could have been King of England by marriage as Elizabeth adored him. To history, Robert Dudley seemed to be probably the only man who would have co-ruled with Elizabeth instead of taking the power for himself alone.

Queen Elizabeth and Lola Reign CW

Her main connection to Mary via the story was when Mary’s friend Lola became a “hostage” of England’s.

Queen Elizabeth and Danish royalty Reign CW

Despite the politics, the two become friends for a good time. Until Lola is tricked and does something deeply wrong and she is condemned to die.

Queen Elizabeth ordered death of Lola Reign CW

I didn’t like that part of the story, as it just seemed weird. Elizabeth also seems to forget about the whole thing in the fourth season.

Queen Elizabeth and Gideon Blackburn Reign CW

She ends up making a new friend out of Gideon Blackburn, whom she originally tried to get to trick Mary into a romance doomed to sour politics.

Reign CW queen Elizabeth

And they become a secret couple. Until he is murdered by Lord Narcisse with poison. While Narcisse didn’t hate Gideon at all, he had to make Elizabeth feel horrid as she was responsible for Lola’s demise.

Aging Queen Elizabeth Reign CW

We see her one last time at the very end as an old and aging Queen. She finally had the evidence to send Mary to the chopping block. The only obstacle was Mary’s son King James VI of Scotland, which she promised him that he’ll be her uncontested heir if he does not contest her judgement. I liked how James comments the true historic fact that Elizabeth never met Mary in person ever, and had been avoiding it for selfish reasons.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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