Hey, ever wanted to see what Andrew Sulliva… no, that’s just too cruel to finish.

Still, this is inane:

Is this proof the Virgin Queen was an imposter in drag? Shocking new theory about Elizabeth I unearthed in historic manuscripts

…Her most famous speech, to her troops at Tilbury as the Spanish Armada approached, was cheered to the skies as she roared: ‘I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England, too.’

American author Steve Berry believes Elizabeth could have been telling the literal truth — that she had the heart of a man, because her body was male. He has spent 18 months researching the conspiracy for his novel The King’s Deception, a Dan Brown-style thriller set in 21st-century London.

Please note that I have not provided an Amazon.com link for that. I have SOME standards.

Anyway, I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that no, it would be effectively impossible for a Sixteenth Century European ruler to go through several decades of active rulership and ritual and NOT have anyone notice that, hey, he was a she*.  I’m sorry, I’m know that I’m treating this with more energy than it warrants, or even the author probably intended; it’s  just that the idea ignores the fishbowl that was the higher status life back then, and is vaguely insulting to women to boot.  And, believe me: the Spanish would have paid through the nose for this information, if it was true.

So, just… NO.  Sorry.

Moe Lane

PS: Richard III didn’t kill those kids, by the way. See? I can be a historical crank, too.

*Classical reference.

9 thoughts on “Hey, ever wanted to see what Andrew Sulliva… no, that’s just too cruel to finish.”

  1. There’s a lot less evidence about who killed the princes, than Elizabeth being female.
    Of course, I agree with you in your crankishness. Personally, I blame Buckingham.

  2. As my wife put it: this story makes TONS of stuff make sense and wraps the whole thing up into a nice package, which means it’s false, because history is messy and entropic and the simple explanation is almost always wrong.

    1. As the old saying goes, for every complex problem there is a simple, easy-to-understand, wrong answer.

  3. Indeed–more than *vaguely* insulting to women. Thick stripe of misogyny running through this.

  4. I’m of two minds of this theory: It does seem possible, but, honestly, what does it matter? Let sleeping dogs lie. Queen Elizabeth I was a woman, end of story.

  5. Sounds like this guy has been listening to too many Aerosmith songs…

  6. It strains my credulity to imagine that such a deception could be made to work for even a single afternoon. To imagine that they could get some hastily-picked village boy to be a willing participant, and making it work for a lifetime is preposterous.

  7. Yeah this is just stupid.
    I mean of course Elizabeth was male, how on earth was she capable of ruling a country otherwise?!? (sarc off)
    This book stinks of sexism.

  8. Smacks of the “Pope Joan” nonsense.
    Or the “ancient aliens built the pyramids — ALL OF THEM!!!” carp. Easier, apparently, to concoct a world-spanning conspiracy than believe the “inferiors” accomplished something remarkable.

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