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The lion and the unicorn were fighting for the crown

Elizabeth I’s refusal to name an heir resulted in many claimants to the English throne in 1603 – with the son of the Queen of Scots finally prevailing

1 June 2024

9:00 AM

1 June 2024

9:00 AM

From Tudor to Stuart: The Regime Change from Elizabeth I to James I Susan Doran

OUP, pp.631, 30

Elizabeth I died at Richmond Palace on 24 March 1603 at the age of 69 after a reign of 45 years. Her health had been poor from the early 1590s onwards: arthritis, gastric disorders, chronic insomnia and migraines were just some of the ailments which plagued her. Yet, uniquely among English monarchs, she refused to make provision for the succession.

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