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#31 Alexandra

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Posted 04 September 2003 - 06:01 PM

ooh, ooh, thank you, dirac, I get to use one of the new smilies:

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Please stay after school and do 12 sets of voltas :ermm:

#32 Mel Johnson

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Posted 05 September 2003 - 04:01 AM

Well, at least we can say that Elizabeth wouldn't have found the Lord Admiral a good dancing partner. He ended up too short. By a head.

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Posted 05 September 2003 - 01:00 PM

Hee, hee!

Continuing to veer away from the topic, talk of suitable partners reminds me of Mary Queen of Scots, who was just six feet and definitely the tallest one in her class. Really tall women confront difficulties today, but imagine the situation for poor Mary in that vertically challenged era. I'm sure one reason she was attracted to the horrid Darnley was the fact that he was just about the only man in the kingdom tall enough to partner her, and like Elizabeth she was a great one for the dancing.

There's a cute story about Elizabeth and the Scottish ambassador which I hope is true. She was questioning him about his mistress, and the Queen asked him if it was correct that Mary was quite tall, much taller than she. He cautiously allowed how this was so, and she said, "Then she is too high, for I myself am neither too high nor too low." So there.

#34 Mel Johnson

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Posted 05 September 2003 - 02:16 PM

Is that another Anglican joke? :)

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Posted 05 September 2003 - 07:58 PM

I believe that conversation is recreated in "ElizabethR" dirac.

One more reason to watch "ElizabethR." Of course La Volta is the number one reason. :)

#36 dirac

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 09:11 AM

I haven't seen "Elizabeth R" in a long time, but if I recall correctly it also has the dubiously documented bit where Elizabeth, upon hearing of the birth of the future King James, wails in front of her entire court that she is but a barren stock. Highly unlikely. It was a very enjoyable series, though. :blink:

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 05:13 PM

I believe you are thinking of Glenda Jackson in "Mary Queen of Scots", which is also a marvelous, if not quite accurate take on the lives of Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart. They meet face to face twice in the film.

The scene takes place at a court dance. All are merry and gay when Elizabeth receives the news. She falls to the floor (in a very beautiful gown) and bemoans her status. "The Scottish Queen is lighter of a fair son, and I am but barren stock!"

Glenda just chews the scene up!

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Posted 09 September 2003 - 12:33 PM

That must be it. (I'm glad they didn't do the scene in the series.)

I thought Glenda was okay in both movie and series, but my favorite screen Elizabeth remains Bette Davis, who played her twice. (Cate Blanchett was good, too, of course.)

Okay! Now back to the topic! I mean it, this time! (And if I violate the rule again, I'll banish myself from the board, like Ed Norton slapping himself around the office in Fight Club.) :thumbsup:


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