Queen Elizabeth I Speech at Tilbury

Even though a feeble woman, in the Queen Elizabeth I speech at Tilbury she insists she has the stomach of a king.



Diptych of the Arrival of Queen Elizabeth I (1530-1603)At Tilbury, the Defeat of the Spanish Armada
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Born: September 7, 1533 in Greenwich, England

Ascended to throne: 1558

Key events during her reign: enforcement of the Protestant religion in England in 1559 and defeat of the Spanish Armada which followed this speech at Tilbury in 1588.

Died: March 24, 1603 at Richmond Place, England (present day Somerset House)

Here begins the Queen Elzabeth I Speech at Tilbury:

"My loving people,

We have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourselves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people.

Let tyrants fear, I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts of good-will of my subjects; and therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst you all; to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my houour and my blood, even in the dust.

On Her Way...Queen Elizabeth I Speech at Tilbury

The Spanish Armada Queen Elizabeth Goes to Tilbury to Review Her Forces
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I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtures in the field.

Queen Elizabeth I Speech at Tilbury...Rallying the Troops

Queen Elizabeth I Rallying the Troops at Tilbury Before the Arrival of the Spanish Armada, 1588
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I know already, for your forwardness you have deserved rewards and crowns; and We do assure you in the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you.

In the mean time, my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, that whom never prince commanded a more noble or worthy subject; not doubting but by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and your valor in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over those enemies of my God, of my kingdom and of my people.

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