Let’s Meet Elizabeth I part of Let’s Meet Series (so far), 2 speakers (famous person plus interviewer), 5 minutes reading time (not including quizzes)
List (so far)
- Henry VIII
- Henry VIII – 2 scripts & 2 quizzes:
- The Reformation
- Elizabeth I
- Florence Nightingale
Plus scripts between
- Queen Victoria and Elizabeth I
- Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole
This series of reading texts based on famous characters – past and present –will include monarchs, adventurers, poets, inventors, politicians, space explorers – all taken from the current primary school curriculum, with two objectives:
- To Bring History Alive (as with my plays)
- To make reading a more lively, interactive experience – for both child and teacher
NB There is another script, with Elizabeth chatting to Victoria! See list above
Let’s Meet Elizabeth I
Interviewer: Ah, Good Queen Bess (pauses) or should that be Great Lioness!
Elizabeth: ‘Your Majesty’ will do nicely!
(Adding coquettishly) Though you can call me Elizabeth!
Interviewer: You always did have a way with the men! All those suitors you kept dangling!
Elizabeth: With very good reason! I was wedded to my kingdom!
Interviewer: You remain a great symbol of true British patriotism! No wonder your people loved you!
Elizabeth: And I them. As I said in that great speech I made at Tilbury “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king and a king of England, too”.
Interviewer: Every bit as strong as your father, Henry VIII.
Elizabeth: Yes, I liked to model myself on his strengths.
Interviewer: Admirable, how you loved him – given what happened to your mother!
Elizabeth: Indeed. Depriving me of my mother before I’d even reached three years old.
Interviewer: Sending her to the block and proving himself to be anything but a warm, loving father.
Elizabeth: It’s true, I hardly saw him.
Interviewer: And then to live in fear of your life under Mary’s reign.