Sunday, February 19, 2006

Question from Silvia - The poisoned dress

What do you know about the incident between Robert Dudley and one of Elizabeth's ladies? Is it true that she was wearing a poisoned dress that was the Queen's and she died?


Blogger BritishNut56 said...

Me thinketh you watched the movie "Elizabeth" starring Kate Blanchett as the queen. DO NOT USE THAT MOVIE FOR ANY HISTORICAL INFORMATION ABOUT ELIZABETH I. It is SO incorrect, it makes "Anne of a Thousand Days" look like a documentary.

There was no poisoned dress.

Having said that, Elizabeth's council was always on the look-out, though, for gloves and other small items which had been treated with poison. Guess that was an 'honored' way of assassination. There was never any recorded incident, though, of a poisoned article of clothing making its appearance at the Tudor court.

February 20, 2006 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was kind of funny watching that movie because I believe the woman in the poisoned dress had been referred to earlier as Lettice Knollys...which would be incredibly stupid on the moviemakers part considering Robert Dudley later married obviously she didn't die in a poisoned dress.

April 03, 2006 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't her, he called her 'Isabelle'.

May 28, 2006 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But didn't the other ladies tell Lettice not to try on the queen's gowns? I swear that's what I heard in the film.

July 17, 2007 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The character in the film who died in the poisoned dress was called Isabelle Knollys; another character (the sexy woman bedding Norfolk) was named Lettice. I believe historically, the real woman Dudley was involved with was named Lettice Knollys. Another inaccuracy in the film.

July 31, 2008 11:20 AM  
Blogger Dedaz A. said...

Where did you learn that Elizabeth's council were "on the look-out" for poisoned items. Isnt this just a concept from Medea by Euripides?

January 26, 2010 12:30 PM  

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