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