Will they manage to complete the task they have been set, and release Lizbet and the rest of the men from their Island goal? Will they beat Andrew Kineer back to England, or will he arrive before them and succeed in striking his own deal with the Knights of St John.
Mary is still on the throne, although her state of health is of increasing concern to those around her. Philip, armed with much of England’s wealth has left her to continue with the war against France.
Catherine is still trapped in Elizabeth’s household, and has come to recognise that her own survival is now tied to that of her mistress.
William Fitzwarren finds himself in the middle of a ugly battle between his sons. After disinheriting Robert he finds himself prey to his son’s bitter temper and can only hope for help.
You would expect England’s largest monarch to have a huge tomb – however this is not the case. His daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, have ornate final resting places in Westminster Abbey, but all Henry has is a floor marker in a Chapel in Windsor. His coffin rests in a crypt beneath next to that of his favoured wife, Jane Seymour.
His coffin has fallen apart, it might have fallen when the wood trestles it stood on collapsed, or it might have been the subject of grave robbers – who knows. The picture is from a 19th C water colour made when the crypt was opened.
Indeed the marble slab in the Cathedral marking the spot where Henry lies in the crypt beneath was not even placed int the chapel until 1837. That none of his children felt compelled to create a tomb fit for a monarch of England does raise a few questions.
Elizabeth I – little known fact! Elizabeth never spoke publicly about her mother – however she wore this ring, and it contains a miniature or herself and one of Anne Boleyn. So although she never publicly made a statement about her mother she obviously kept her memory alive in private. Elizabeth was two years old when her father had her mother executed. Henry VIII was never allocated a grand tomb, and perhaps this is because Elizabeth who could not provide one for her mother also decided her father should lie in relative anonymity as well.
The ring shown below is beautiful in detail and show both women. If you look at the inner band on the ring you can see that the some of the enamel has worn away so this was piece of jewelry that Elizabeth often wore. Due to the troubles times Elizabeth lived through it has to be supposed that she had this made after her accession to the throne.
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