Elizabeth Tudor Sovereign Lady Author:Marguerite Vance Few princesses in history were lonelier as children than Elizabeth, the younger daughter of Henry VIII, yet few were capable of being gayer or, for that matter, more audacious. Like her father, Elizabeth was a law unto herself and like him she dedicated her life to the kingdom she loved. But this very singleness of purpose made for loneliness ... more »and for some of the fractious measures to which she resorted to overcome it.
She had what amounted to a genius for giving her devotion to the wrong people: Tom Seymour, Leicester, Essex, to name only a few.
Yet bitterness and desperate heartache, far from making her vindictive, only sharpened her wits, kept clear her vision, so that with a strength of will which won for her from her adoring subjects the title of "Prince," she guided her empire to a position unrivaled in the world of her day. In every sense of the word she was a Sovereign Lady.