at the time, and artists honored Elizabeth by painting her portrait. Their only chance of concealing the truth, and perhaps buying themselves a few days to flee the country, was to trick the king. There they would be hanged, cut down and disembowelled. And with no time to look further afield for a stand-in, Parry and Lady Ashley took the desperate measure of forcing the boy to don his dead friends clothes. While they professed to a purely pastoral mission their expatriate leader, William Allen loudly supported the Popes deposition of Elizabeth and Philip of Spains invasion plans. Writers paid tribute to the queen in many literary forms.
While she worked hard at court, Elizabeth took time for leisurely pursuits. There was no obvious heir, and Marys former husband was now Britains greatest enemy, Philip II of Spain. Its believed that the cosmetic concoction Elizabeth used to cultivate her infamously pale look, called the spirits of Saturn made by mixing white lead and vinegar may have impacted her health. According to several reports, the weather proved to be a deciding factor in England's victory. Now its time to open it up and see whats in there. Consequently, internal security was dependent on her survival and that survival was threatened by a string of real and imagined conspiracies and assassination plots. The last time she had been presented in court, meeting the new Queen Catherine Parr, she had been trembling with terror. My heart was never set on worldly goods but for my subjects' good." While the end of her reign had been difficult, Elizabeth has largely been remembered as being a queen who supported her people.
After her father's death in 1547, Elizabeth spent some time under the care of her stepmother Catherine Parr. There was also great tension between different religious factions after Mary worked to restore England to Roman Catholicism by any means necessary. Here was a young woman growing into womanhood whom all around her had known all her life or, what was equivalent, believed they had.