Tuesday, November 11, 2014
This day died a man with much wit and very little judgment.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 1, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923).
Said in 1549, when she was still Princess Elizabeth, on the execution day of Admiral Thomas Seymour (1508?-1549), who had been convicted of high treason. A schemer, he had had marital designs on Elizabeth and had been the cause of unfounded scandal that was very painful to her. Seymourwhose sister was the third wife of Elizabeth's father, King Henry VIII; whose twelve-year-old nephew was the current King, Edward VI; and whose brother was serving as protector of the realmhad married Henry's widow, Catherine, within a month of his death. The following year, Catherine died, and Seymour began the pursuit of Elizabeth that led to his execution.