On this day 408 years ago - Thursday, March 24th, 1603 - what I consider to be one of the greatest reigns of all time ended: that of Queen Elizabeth I of England. She was a truly amazing woman and queen, with talent, and skill, and the confidence to use them to her advantage. I've always admired the fortitude and intelligence she demonstrated throughout her reign, as well as the ideals regarding gender that she stood for.
"Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind." Queen Elizabeth I
I am aware of her all-too-human faults, but she led an undeniably amazing life and is so fascinating to study. If you're interested in learning more about her, one book I would definitely suggest you read is Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey (a fantastic historian & author) who in this particular work narrates Elizabeth's life from birth to her accession to the throne in 1558.
In case you're interested, I put together a treasury in honor of Queen Elizabeth's life and reign:
"My care is like my shadow in the sun- Follows me flying - flies when I pursue it." Gloriana
Queen Elizabeth had such a rich personality and extremely varied interests. She is definitely a person I would love to have met :)