I’m sure whoever wrote the pitch for the script of Elizabeth included that adding some romance and angst with Robert Dudley would help the story immensely. Indeed, having a queen who was rather put-out with the manipulation and dominance by males of her will be involved illicitly with a married man probably sounded good. Add the mysterious spy Francis Walsingham, with the subtle emphasis on a homosexual nature despite that he had a wife and children, was nice.
Through Walsingham, the directors got to include some nice throat slitting after a preachy sermon on the value of innocence. He even gets to kill Mary of Guise, even though she was taken out by someone else. Hollywood reminds me more and more of the Ministry of Truth, depicting history in a false light. Still, the film on its own is a decent piece of fiction. It’s a shame the truth of Elizabeth, how she most likely didn’t marry not only because her long-standing favourite Robert Dudley was married, but because she would be expected to hand the mantle of power to her husband in politics.
A good place to start in the history of this Elizabeth conflict is with Henry VII. Henry VII spawned Henry VIII and Mary Tudor, among others. Henry VIII, as we all know, went about raping and pillaging England. He created the psychotic bastard religion’ – Church of England, after the Pope yelled at him for divorcing two wives, killing two wives, and marrying two more who died.
Why was Henry so intent on marrying? Well, he had this obsession with a male heir. More importantly, his lack of a male heir, when he was getting daughters Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I. So by the time Henry VIII had begot a son, Edward VI, his siter Mary Tudor had raised her children, one of whom was Lady Frances Brandon.
Brandon was an abusive wench with visions of grandeur. She had her first daughter, Lady Jane Gray, around the time Edward VI was born. When they were teens, she tried unsuccessfully to get Jane married to Edward, and so to the throne. Edward got pissed with his uncles and eventually turned to Lord John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. Frances Brandon took to Dudley and when it was inevitable that Edward would die, Frances conspired with John Dudley to have Jane marry his youngest son, Guilford Dudley.
When Jane at first refused, Frances took it upon herself to whip and beat her daughter into submission. Frances was successful, and so Jane married Guilford. Meanwhile, scheming John Dudley was up to his ears in mischief, getting the dying boy-king to declare Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I illegitimate, while also willing his crown to Jane. When he died, Jane became uncrowned reagent for nine days.
That came to an abrupt end when Bloody Mary came in and went, tut tut, off my throne, you’, and knocked her cousin out. Guilford and Jane spent time in the Tower of London, and several months after Mary took power, Jane’s father was connected to a plot to dethrone Mary. The queen’s advisors pressured her to have Lady Jane killed, and so on the 12 of February, 1554 both Guilford and Jane were beheaded.
Then Mary slowly went nutty, but despite being told to have Elizabeth nixed, she loved her sister dearly and never had her killed (obviously). When Mary died without an heir, Elizabeth came along to the throne and went, alright, now that the nutty Catholicism is out, let us bring in the reign of me.’
Ultimately, all the problems every monarch has ever faced have been related to either cult-driven religious madness, or the numerous religiously-fueled wars, economic crises due to the greedy, miserly individuals seizing the reigns of power for themselves alone, and exploiting those they should guide as civil servants. Through the unprecedented exploitation of power’, based on the lacking concept of a reward and punishment system that is inherently flawed, and reinforced with fear of pain and negative repercussions as the motivation for all action, it is no wonder then that our leaders, historically and currently, are totally inept; or else plagued with problems too great for them to solve, and lacking the support of their own will, let alone others’.
What the film Elizabeth is, is not a truly historical documentation. Only some things are shone, and many things are distorted and manipulated, to make the reality’ somehow more enticing to a modern’ audience. So the writers invented things like Elizabeth being unaware of Robert Dudley’s marriage, when in reality she was there for it. Still, the film won an Oscar. Perhaps it has to do with Elizabeth’s shearing of her hair when she is moody and sullen, which she did do historically, but it was only to avoid lice. She made her hair into a powdered wig; it was the height of fashion.
That the people who made this film felt it so necessary to try to spice it up with sexuality and violence, however subtle or artistically rendered’, is truly a statement about how our society as a gross whole operates and responds to stimuli. We are so inundated with media, every day, everywhere we go, that to hold our attention at all is a feat few are capable of. What has happened with the boom of technology, the jump from radio to colour television and high speed internet, where anyone can find anything at any time of the day if they only have a connection has changed how people act and treat one another.
What we are reaping is a generation of only half-sentient human beings, surrounded with so much technology, so many games and so much data and raw material available to be ingested and made sense of, that creating a consensus reality is no problem at all. There exist two extremes, parallel to one another, that of the new generation, infused with technology and capability with these modernizations’ of the world, and those who are overwhelmed and taken by all of it.
The years of story telling are gone. We live now in an age of media and instantaneous transmission of information from one location to another. People have a thousand things coming at them every day now, and they aren’t taught how to make sense of even the basic, rudimentary fundamentals of life, let alone the complexity with which we have perfected this experience of life’. Events that happened only five to fifteen years ago are already forgotten, far-removed and reminding one generally of memories drifting at the bottom of a pool of water, all blurry and uncertain.
Yet time is not moving as fast as we perceive it does. Because we take in so much on a regular basis, we live these accelerated lives, and yet many waste, and we do not take advantage of the possibilities yet before us, too confused and barbaric to stop bickering with one another to see the common goal of life; to live in peace, harmony, and true love for one another as fellow sentient beings.
Just as we can examine our immediate past and see how it has impacted the present, we must learn to forecast how our present is impacting our future, and we must determine what we would like our future to be. Then, as a whole, we must move to realize that future, because until we consciously seek to attain peace, it will evade us. Peace is not something you stumble upon while you were keeping your head low to avoid the gunfire. To attain peace, we must make a consolidated statement, and uphold it uniformly: that killing one another is never necessary, that no amount of money or other material gain is worth such seizure of another sentient being’s life, nor the torture to our own psyches to witness, let alone partake in, such actions.
It is time people moved into their own right, as creatures of compassion and harmony, living in pursuit of peace, truth, understanding and willing compromise for the benefit of all sentient mankind. We must stop compromising ourselves through inaction and denial of reality. To do this, we must bring ourselves away from our virtual fantasy-lands and into the harsh light of day, lest we forget that our virtual worlds yet reside upon this planet Earth we all call home.
I believe we should open our minds to truth, releasing that fear so many have developed as instinctual, that they will encounter a truth that does not validate the preconceived framework through which they engage with their subjective reality’. Setting aside that desire to connect identity and action/beliefs indelibly as one, one can consider that to pursue the truth, one must be adaptable, and understanding that simply because one didn’t act in the optimum way out of ignorance, does not mean they are totally inept, only that they had not yet learned how best to do something.
That said, failing to adapt or change one’s actions when one knows them to be degenerate or unwholesome causes nothing but stagnancy, and for any growth to take place, the individual must set aside their stigmas and accept the change in themselves, to live more in accordance with the Creational natural laws of the Universe. As it is said, if ignorance is bliss, then tis folly to be wise,’ and perhaps it is true, because knowledge cannot be undone, once we have encountered truth and understood it, been impacted by it, we cannot undo that impact.
At worst, we can hurt ourselves and others through willful denial of the truth, but then it is denial, and we have made a decision.
So find the truth.