Elizabeth I’s personality: the unfathomable queen

What was Elizabeth I really like? From an early age, 'Gloriana' was a master of hiding her true emotions, choosing to remain silent on one of the most foundational events of her life: the killing of her mother, Anne Boleyn, on the the orders of her father, Henry VIII. Here, Helen Castor attempts to decipher what the Virgin Queen was really thinking behind that inscrutable visage...

A portrait of the young Elizabeth I. (Photo by Art Collection 2/Alamy Stock Photo)

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