National Geographic: Undercover History - The Virgin Queen
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Centuries later unanswered rumours still exist as to the motive behind her decisions to never marry. Rumours range from some believing that the Princess Elizabeth died as a child and was replaced by a boy, to Elizabeth being biologically incapable of bearing children. Others believe Elizabeth’s early family life put her off marriage whereas others believe that during her reign, Elizabeth bore the illegitimate child of her close friend Robert Dudley.
The proliferation of myths surrounding Queen Elizabeth has led some historians to believe they were a way to explain how she became such a powerful woman in a patriarchal society. Join us as History’s Secrets examines the rumours and myths surrounding one of England's most storied Queens.