Elizabeth I voted best queen

Her reign is seen by many as a ‘golden age’ of English history; a period popularised by the likes of William Shakespeare and Francis Drake. Now, the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I, has been voted the best queen in English/British history

Painting of Elizabeth I by Nicholas Hilliard. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

In a poll conducted by History Extra, 45 per cent of respondents nominated the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn as the top queen. Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages –  who became queen consort of France and later queen of England – followed with 19 per cent of the votes.

In joint third place, each with 10 per cent of the votes, were Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II.

Comparatively, Bertha of Kent and Elizabeth of York pulled in just one per cent and three per cent of the votes respectively, while only two per cent nominated the Queen Mother as the top female monarch.

The poll, conducted earlier this month, followed a feature in which historian Elizabeth Norton listed her top 10 English/British queens. To read it, click here.

And to test your knowledge of the queens of England, click here.

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