My Just Desire: The Life of Bess Raleigh, Wife to Sir Walter by Anna BeerYoung, beautiful, and connected by blood to the most powerful families in England, Bess Throckmorton had as much influence over Queen Elizabeth I as any woman in the realm—but she risked everything to marry the most charismatic man of the day. The secret marriage between Bess and the Queen’s beloved Sir Walter Ralegh cost both of them their fortunes, their freedom, and very nearly their lives. Yet it was Bess, resilient, passionate, and politically shrewd, who would live to restore their name and reclaim her political influence. In this dazzling biography, Bess Ralegh finally emerges from her husband’s shadow to stand as a complex, commanding figure in her own right.
Writing with grace and drama, Anna Beer brings Bess to life as a woman, a wife and mother, an intimate friend of poets and courtiers, and a skilled political infighter in Europe’s most powerful and most dangerous court. The only daughter of an ambitious aristocratic family, Bess was thrust at a tender age into the very epicenter of royal power when her parents secured her the position of Elizabeth’s Gentlewoman of the Privy Chamber. Bess proved to be a natural player on this stage of extravagant mythmaking and covert sexual politics, until she fell in love with the Queen’s Captain of the Guard, the handsome, virile, meteorically rising Ralegh. But their secret marriage, swiftly followed by the birth of their son, would have grave consequences for both of them.
Brooking the Queen’s wrath and her husband’s refusal to acknowledge their marriage, Bess brilliantly stage-managed her social and political rehabilitation and emerged from prison as the leader of a brilliant, fast-living aristocratic set. She survived personal tragedy, the ruinous global voyages launched by her husband, and the vicious plots of high-placed enemies. Though Raleigh in the end fell afoul of court intrigue, Bess lived on into the reign of James I as a woman of hard-won wisdom and formidable power.
With compelling historical insight, Anna Beer recreates here the vibrant pageant of Elizabethan England—the brilliant wit and vicious betrayals, the new discoveries and old rivalries, the violence and fierce sexuality of life at court. Peopled by poets and princes, spanning the reigns of two monarchs, moving between the palaces of London and the manor house outside the capital, My Just Desire is the portrait of a remarkable woman who lived at the center of an extraordinary time.
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British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Walter Raleigh also spelled Ralegh was born into a well-connected gentry family at Hayes Barton in Devon in around He attended Oxford University for a time, fought with the Huguenots in France and later studied law in London. This expedition may have stimulated his plan to found a colony there. The colony failed and another attempt at colonisation also failed in Raleigh has been credited with bringing potatoes and tobacco back to Britain, although both of these were already known via the Spanish.
Sir Walter Raleigh , Raleigh also spelled Ralegh , born ? Raleigh was a younger son of Walter Raleigh d. In he fought on the Huguenot French Protestant side in the Wars of Religion in France, and he is known later to have been at Oriel College, Oxford , and at the Middle Temple law college In he fought against the Irish rebels in Munster , and his outspoken criticism of the way English policy was being implemented in Ireland brought him to the attention of Queen Elizabeth. His Irish service was rewarded by vast estates in Munster. In the queen secured him a lease of part of Durham House in the Strand, London, where he had a monopoly of wine licenses and of the export of broadcloth ; and he became warden of the stannaries the Cornish tin mines , lieutenant of Cornwall, and vice admiral of Devon and Cornwall and frequently sat as a member of Parliament.
So how did he fall from grace and come to be executed in ? BBC History Revealed explains…. He may have been a great adventurer and favourite of Elizabeth I — and supposedly happy to get his coat muddy to save the Queen some laundry — but Walter Raleigh had been tempting fate for decades before his demise in His first fall from grace came when Elizabeth found out he had secretly married one of her ladies-in-waiting in , earning him a stay at the Tower of London. Hearing that Raleigh was involved in a plot to overthrow him, James swiftly had him imprisoned for treason. He was found guilty and sentenced to death and then not executed. Instead, Raleigh spent 13 years in the Tower, legally dead, but very much alive.
Sir Walter Raleigh placing his cloak over a puddle so that Queen Much popular history, including the film, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, has.
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Monday 23 September UK News feed. Putting matters of state before affairs of the heart earned Elizabeth I the title of the Virgin Queen. However, a Hollywood film is about to claim that she was so in love with Sir Walter Raleigh that she had one of her ladies-in-waiting seduce him so she could live out her own sexual fantasies. Elizabeth The Golden Age will claim that an infatuated Queen Elizabeth, played by Cate Blanchett, longed for a physical relationship with Raleigh, played by Clive Owen, but held back for fear of losing her crown. Instead, she engineered a relationship between Raleigh and her close confidante Elizabeth "Bess" Throckmorton so she could enjoy a love affair by proxy. But the film's writer William Nicholson, the playwright and dramatist responsible for hits, including Shadowlands and Gladiator, said the love triangle was "highly likely, sophisticated and subtle". Mr Nicholson, who has studied the available historical evidence, said: "In our story Elizabeth is still a sexual being who is in love with Raleigh and who wants intimacy.