"the period when the man-like Elizabeth had been the not altogether unsuitable representative of her sex"

Elizabeth I reigned as Queen of England from 1558-1603. Styling herself as the Virgin Queen, she was the first – and to date, only – unmarried woman to hold the throne. She made much of this unique position in the way she represented herself to her country, and famously declared, “I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king.”

Queen Elizabeth I
Public DomainQueen Elizabeth I - Credit: Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger