Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Princess's Fight For Her Life

"I already told you. I don't know," Princess Elizabeth exclaimed.

She laid her head in her hands, then she quickly lifted it again and straightened her shoulders. She must not let these interrogators get the better of her!

The harassed Princess knew that her governess, Kat Ashley, and her servant, Mr.Parry, had told what they knew about her relationship with the handsome, ebullient Admiral, Thomas Seymour. They had told Tyrwhit about the Admiral's visiting her in her bedroom in the mornings and annoying her while his wife was asleep. She hadn't wanted the much older man's attentions and ran away. However, she was only a young teenager attracted to a very handsome man and she had let him hug her in the garden at one stage. His wife, Katherine Parr, sent her away after that.

Did her interrogators also know that? She prayed not. She had been suspicious that Seymour wanted her because he had his eye on her throne, but she'd been very careful not to let herself get too involved with him. She was also very fond of Katherine Parr, her late father's wife, and she felt very guilty about upsetting her.

The interrogators told the Lord Protector that there wasn't enough evidence to convict the young Princess of treason. He was angry but understood that they 'could not get anything out of her'. She had convinced the Council that she would never have considered marriage without their approval.

When Thomas Seymour was beheaded Princess Elizabeth is supposed to have remarked: "There dies a man of much wit and very little judgement." The young Princess was not to have a peaceful existence after this, however. It was one of the first of her many struggles before she attained her throne.


Kittie Howard said...

I've read so many books about Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour. Like everyone else, I'm enthralled with that curious relationship. However, I'm beginning to think Elizabeth had a clever heart to match her clever mind. Guess we'll never know, tho, so lots of lovely books await. And, as always, a great critique from you! --We're back from holiday. Having fun getting caught up. You're going into spring; our leaves are beginning to fall. Love the seasons!

Viola said...

Hi Kitty,
Thank you very much for all of your lovely comments! I am so glad that you had a good trip.

The relationship between Elizabeth and Dudley was also very intriguing. I just finished a good book about it: Elizabeth and Leicester by Sarah Gristwood. It is a historical analysis, so it is more like a textbook than a romance. It is very interesting, though.

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