Was Queen Elizabeth I really in a man Drag?
What a drag! Is it possible that as a child Queen Elizabeth died was replaced with a male imposter?
After her father had her mother beheaded, King Henry VIII had his marriage annulled and his daughter declared illegitimate. Then, a plague swept through the country and little Elizabeth was sent to stay in the country. Or so the traditional story goes, there is another version though, one far less acceptable…
As the plague swept through the countryside Little Elizabeth, fell ill and died leaving a very scared guardian. Her father had a nasty temper and didn’t hesitate to have his own wives put to death, how would a housemaid fare? So, in a panic she searched the village until she found a young child who resembled the young princess and what could perhaps the greatest child swap in history occurred… maybe…
There was only one problem, the only child she could find that could pass as the princess was male. Which some theorists suggest might explain a few of the queens odd behaviors. Of which there were many. Who knows how the story began, or how it grew from there but ancient conspiracy theorists suggest aliens are behind the cover-up. Wait, no, wrong theory.
No, in this theory the “Virgin Queen,” vowed to remain a virgin and thus married to England. This was certainly a suspicious stance in that time. Indeed it was reported that she despised marriage so much she often interfered with other people’s ability to marry. It was also widely believed that she was unable to bear children.
The Queen was reported to be incredibly private even by royal standards. she only allowed certain doctors to see her, even when in great need she insisted upon only using her chosen physicians. She even banned unflattering portraits, and issued a decree “to aid the Queen’s Sergeant Painter in seeking out unseemly portraits which were to her ‘great offence’ and therefore to be defaced and no more portraits to be produced except as approved by [the] Sergeant Painter.”
For some it was her fashion sense, she was known to wear wigs throughout her life, which some suggest was to cover up a receding hairline. In her manner of dress she chose fashions that covered nearly every inch of skin. High collars that shadowed her face and any possible 5 o’clock shadow, ruffles around her neck that could hide an Adam’s apple. Either she was very modest, or she was hiding a secret some thought.
Then there was her charm and wit, thought by many to be impossible for a woman to possess. She spoke several languages, and her famous speech delivered the troops of Tilbury before battle made many wonder. “I know I have the body of a weak, 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 virtues in the field.”
One of the biggest proponents of this theory was none other than Bram Stoker himself, yes, THAT Bram Stoker (Dracula). He put forth this theory in his book “Famous Imposters,” in 1910. His most convincing piece of evidence was a stone coffin found on the Tudor estate in Bisley, nearly 300 years after this supposed switch took place. Inside the coffin was a young girl with reddish hair, and very fine dress. The reverend who found the unknown girl claimed to have realized what this body could mean and quickly reburied it in an undisclosed location.
Tis an intriguing theory to be true, that one of the greatest Queens in history could very well have been a man in drag, but in reality it is just too hard to believe.
While there are certainly some odd behaviors, Elizabeth had seen her mother and many other women suffer at the hand of her father. She lived in a time when women in general weren’t always respected, and being a Queen did not exempt her from the expectations of society. She was expected to marry and produce an heir to the throne, and by her fathers decree she would only remain a legitimate heir to the throne herself if his advisors approved of her marriage.
Given all the girl experienced, it makes sense she might be a bit odd. A bit secretive. A bit “aww hell no,” when it came to marriage.
We aren’t here to make up your mind for you, take it as you will. If we had to choose one or the other, on this one we are going to have to say She was a Queen, one of the originals… and haters gonna hate.