The ironic philosopher reflects with a smile that Sir Walter Raleigh is more safely inshrined in the memory of mankind because he set his cloak for the Virgin Queen
to walk on than because he carried the English name to undiscovered countries.
She was nuts on public-houses, was England's Virgin Queen
. There's scarcely a pub.
He said: "We have either had a virgin queen
or an old queen.
The Virgin Queen
's Fatal Affair: Revealed (Five, 8pm) WITH the possible exception of Henry VIII, of all the kings and queens through history, none attract as much interest and attention as Elizabeth I.
The Virgin Queen
will be making herself at home at The Stables at the castle for a memorable evening on May 12.
She's also appeared in TV dramas The Virgin Queen
and Jane Eyre and a stage run of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.
The recent BBC series The Virgin Queen
centred on Elizabeth's infamous relationship with her childhood sweetheart, Robert Dudley, and the exact nature of that relationship is just one of several secrets examined by Paul Doherty's new book The Secret Life of Elizabeth I.
Helen Mirren played her on Channel 4 and Anne-Marie Duff, who is 25 years younger, takes on the role in The Virgin Queen
The multi-million pound BBC mini-series Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen
is being shot on location at some of Britain's most stunning houses and landscapes ( including the centuries-old castles at Alnwick, Warkworth, Bamburgh and Chillingham in Northumberland and Raby in County Durham.
Her court at Fotheringay is dark and shadowy, and the contrast with Elizabeth's is immense as the Virgin Queen
is revealed in all her pomp, bathed in golden light, and wearing an extraordinary gown.
Inspired by Robert Harvey's book The Fall Of Apartheid, it was adapted by award winning screenwriter Paula Milne, the brains behind acclaimed dramas The Politician's Wife and The Virgin Queen
. Fine direction is provided by Pete Travis, who made acclaimed TV movie Omagh, and big screen blockbuster Vantage Point..
The group is holding a joint meeting with Friends of Shakespeare's Birthplace, and Lesley Smith, curator of Tutbury Castle, in Staffordshire, will be giving a talk about Sex and Shakespeare - while dressed in costume as the Virgin Queen