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Category: Interesting Letters and Speeches

May 6, 1536 – “To the King From the Lady in the Tower”

May 6, 1536 :To the King from the Lady in the Tower. A must-read. “But if you have already determined of me, and that not only my death, but an infamous slander must bring you the joying of your desired happiness, then I desire of God that He will pardon your great sin herein, and likewise my enemies, the instruments thereof.”

March 16, 1554 – Elizabeth’s Letter to Mary I (the “Tide Letter”)

March 16, 1554 – Elizabeth’s letter to Mary I (the “Tide Letter” – so named because Elizabeth wrote it right after being informed she would be taken to the Tower, and by the time she finished, the tide on the Thames had turned and they could no longer leave that day. Read more on