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A choirboy from Worcester Cathedral was sent to London to audition for Mr Handel who was well known as a good judge of voice. The Boy sang. "Is this how you praise God in Worcester"?, Handel asked. "Yes Mr Handel", replied the boy. "God is Good", Handel replied, "and no doubt he will hear your praises in Worcester, but no man will hear them in London

-- George Frederik Handel



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The Queen's Physik II
Posted by Bill McCann on (15 Reads)
The publication, for profit, of intimate details of the British Royal Family by their former servants is at least 350 years old. What may be the first example of this exploitation of "insider knowledge," was published in 1658 by a former servant of Henrietta Maria, Queen Consort to Charles I. The book details the "Receipts" recipes for medicinal cures and favourite foods of the Royal Family contained in the Queen's Closet. Some of the medicinal recipes are quackery indeed, and all the more interesting for that. In this serialisation, the spelling has been modernised to aid comprehension but the habit of always capitalising proper nouns has bee retained to add 'flavour' to the text. Our next instalment consists of a list of all of those who wrote or prescribed the remedies. They include the monarchs, Mary I, Edward VI, Elizabeth I, Charles I, courtiers such as Walter Raleigh and Francis bacon and a host of doctors, gentlemen and ladies of the court.



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Henrietta Maria, Queen Consort to Charles I
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We will soon begin the serialisation of "The Queen's Physik" and, as a prelude, give here a short biography of the queen to whom it belonged. A Catholic Princess of France, Henrietta Maria became the steadfast and loyal queen to Charles I. In the increasingly Puritan England her religion was a major obstacle to good relations with parliament and the army. When Charles' unbending refusal to alter his religious policies finally provoked the Civil Wars she actively supported him by raising arms abroad and joining him on the campaign. His execution was a blow from which she never recovered.



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Two Speeches by the Great Elizabeth: Two The Golden speech 1601
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Elizabeth summoned her last parliament to meet at Westminster a the 27th of October 1601. She opened it in person with all the pomp and circumstance that the opening of Parliament has to this day. But Elizabeth was already 69 and in the 44th year of her reign. It has been recorded that she was actually sinking to the ground beneath the weight of the royal robes when the nearest nobleman caught and supported her in his arms. She completed the fatiguing ceremony "with her usual dignity and grace." The session was dominated by the question of monopolies. These vested the sole right to sell or issue licences for the sale of basic commodities in the hands of a courtier, or even a lady of the bedchamber. The aging queen recognised both the abuse and the fact that she herself was in the hands of her servants. When she closed the parliament on November 30th she made a speech on what it was to be a monarch in the modern times. This came to be known as the "Golden Speech" because those who heard it deemed it worthy of been written in gold. The 140 members of parliament, led by Mr. Speaker Crooke, knelt before Elizabeth, fully conscious of the fact that his would be her last speech to her Parliament.



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Two Speeches by the Great Elizabeth: One - Tilbury 1588
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Elizabeth I was one of the most intelligent, educated, erudite and effective monarchs England (or, indeed, Britain) has ever enjoyed. We here reproduce two of her most famous speeches. The first is that which she delivered at the height of her power and at the height of England's Danger as the Spanish Armada approached.



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The Queens of England: Introduction
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Since the end of the tenth century, England has had six Queens - seven if the hapless Jane Grey is included - who reigned in their own right as Queen Regnant. But England and Britain have also had forty Queens Consort who played no small part in the history of the Kingdom. In this major new series we will attempt to lift the shadows and place both the Queens and their achievements centre-stage. We begin with an introductory essay and a complete list of the Queens of England from the formidable Ymma to the current monarch, Elizabeth II.



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