Commonplace book account of Elizabeth's
This decorative little book,
whose compiler is unknown, gives a contemporary record of Elizabeth's
death. It is mostly copied from the printed account in William Camden's
History of the Most Renowned and Victorious Princess Elizabeth.
The story begins in 1603 when
Elizabeth "began somewhat to be sensible of defect of health, &
strength, with the indisposition of the air towards the end of January,
being a filthy windy & rainy day."
She removed to Westminster,
but "her appetite to meat grew sensibly worse & worse; whereupon
she bacame exceeding sad, & seemed to be much grieved at some thing
She died on March 24, at the
age of sixty-nine, having ruled for forty-four years.
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