No crooked leg, no bleared eye,
No part deformed out of kind,
Nor yet so ugly half can be
As is the inward suspicious mind.
Today is the birthday of Elizabeth the First, born September 7th, 1533, the daughter of Henry VIII of England and his second wife, Anne Boleyn in Greenwich Palace. I learned about Queen Elizabeth early on in my elementary years and from that time on, wished that my birthday had been on the seventh instead of the sixth of September. I missed it by about thirty minutes. But, never-the-less, I am a student of the Elizabethan Age, so named because of the captivating rule of Great Britains’ Elizabeth the First.
Happy Birthday Good Queen Bess!
My loving people, we have been persuaded by some, that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourselves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear; I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good will of my subjects. And therefore I am come amongst you at this time, not as for my recreation or sport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all; to lay down, for my God, and for my kingdom, and for my people, my honor and my blood, even the dust. I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realms: to which, rather than any dishonor should grow by me, I myself will take up arms; I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field. I know already, by your forwardness, that you have deserved rewards and crowns; and we do assure you, on the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you. In the mean my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble and worthy subject; not doubting by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and by your valor in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over the enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.
Elizabeth I of England - 1588
In this day of shock and awe that a woman has been selected by John McCain as his vice presidential choice it is useful to remember another great woman, Elizabeth the 1st of England. In her early years Elizabeth was called bastard, illegitimate, and only a woman, but when at age 25 and the young Elizabeth ascended the throne of England she prided herself on being ‘mere English’.
The nicknames, Good Queen Bess, Gloriana and the Virgin Queen would come much later, after Elizabeth had avoided the ensnarements of various political intrigues during the years her half-brother Edward and half-sister, Mary reigned on the throne of England.
Katharine Parr, Elizabeth’s stepmother arranged for 10 year old Elizabeth to have the most distinguished tutors in England, foremost among them Roger Ascham. As a result, Elizabeth was educated as well as any legitimate prince, and she displayed a genuine love and aptitude for her studies. Her mind has no womanly weakness, Ascham would write approvingly, her perseverance is equal to that of a man. And later, She readeth more Greek every day, than some Prebendaries of this Church do in a whole week. And so she did; Elizabeth’s love of scholarship never faltered and, in an age when women were considered inferior to men, she was a glorious exception.
Her mind has no womanly weakness, wrote Roger Ascham, Elizabeth’s tutor. But her 44 year reign on the throne of England, called by many the greatest epoch in England’s history put away any thoughts of womanly weakness.
Interestingly, Elizabeth became Queen at the age of 25, after the death of her half-sister, Mary. She was helped in her accession by a man by the name of Heath which, coincidentally, also happens to be the maiden name of Sarah Palin.
Her smooth accession was further assured by the Lord Chancellor, Nicholas Heath. Parliament had been in session while Mary lay dying and, on 17 November, Heath announced her death to the assembled lords and commons. He then said, ‘Which hap as it is most heavy and grievous unto us, so have we no less cause another way to rejoice with praise to Almighty God for that He hath left unto us a true, lawful and right inheritrice to the crown of this realm, which is the Lady Elizabeth, of whose lawful right and title we need not to doubt. Wherefore the lords of this house have determined with your assents and consents, to pass from hence into the palace, and there to proclaim the said Lady Elizabeth Queen of this realm without further tract of time.’
There was no dissension at Heath’s words. Traditionally, Parliament dissolved upon the death of the reigning monarch - but Heath’s prompt actions ensured Elizabeth’s lawful recognition as queen before the lords and commons dispersed. And, as a leading Catholic, Heath also secured the loyalty of his religious party for the new queen.
Today the medieval men and women of the Democrat Party and media are condescendingly casting Sarah Palin as a mere woman who could not possibly govern. She has five children, they complain, she is a hockey mom, is not acquainted with the Washington elite, eats moose stew and is a Bible believing Christian.
The Queen of Daytime Television refuses to even entertain inviting Sarah Palin to visit her own crumbling domain.
Bush Derangement Syndrome has virally morphed into Palin Derangement Syndrome, why, Shock! Sarah Palin is a Cowgirl!
In every public appearance since being announced as John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin has looked elegant in her understated suits but Robin Givhan could not bother to write about her in this article. She could write about the Democrat Governor of Montana’s bolero tie but ignored Sarah’s great appearance on her night at the Republican National Convention in the black pencil skirt and shiny, silver-colored jacket.
I wonder why that is?
Fausta has a delicious take on Sarah Palin’s fashion choices. Another fashion blogger gives Sarah a perfect ten.
But is fashion that important in the politics of this day and age? Not really, but the look of Sarah Palin is definitely part of her appeal. Queen Elizabeth the First of England was, like her ancestors, the maker of manners. There have been some American women in the past who have made an impact on the fashion of our nation such as Dolly Madison, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, and Jackie Kennedy. Now even Sarah Palin’s choice of glasses is getting some attention. Still, this is only the icing on the cake for conservatives and Republicans.
Sarah Palin’s fashionably good looks is possibly the only aspect where she has been received well or at the very least, ignored by the mavens in the media.
As Hugh Hewitt writes, Chicago Machine Politics is behind many of the smears of Sarah Palin. Hewitt calls them out..
The Obama thugs that tried to intimidate Stanley Kurtz are now busy sending e-mails alleging everything about Sarah Palin except an illegal polar bear hunt, and that may be in tomorrow’s in-box. Teams of Obamians are arriving in Alaska to invent veneers for smears, even though by now the record of rebuttal is so complete that perhaps even the New York Times will hesitate before publishing another round of lies and retractions. (Then again, probably not.) Exposure as a dirt-monger doesn’t deter those without a conscience.
One wonders whether typical Americans can see the double standard the media employs when covering Barack Obama and running mate, Joseph Biden as opposed to John McCain and running mate, Sarah Palin.
Roger Kimball writes that Obama’s Higher Oleaginousness keeps questioners in the media at bay. This kid glove treatment of Obama is more evidence that those in the media do not want to know any facts about Obama that might be hurtful.
As Sarah Palin and John McCain continue to campaign I begin to wonder who is really more feeble and weak, Barack Obama or Sarah Palin? Palin has no help in the left-wing media Armada, in fact, she has been attacked continuously by them while Obama has been more of an invention of the media than anything else.
How these words must have pierced the hearts of the media elite:
‘I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion, I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.’
The above Sarah Palin quote in some way made me think of Good Queen Bess’ declaration to her countrymen when facing the Spanish Armada…
I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too;
Happy 475th Birthday Queen Elizabeth! Happy entry into American National politics, Gov. Sarah Palin!
Hopefully, one day we will be calling this time of efflorescence the Epoc of Sarah.