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golden speech

In desperate need for funds for the Irish war in 1601, Elizabeth shamelessly flatters the House of Commons into providing them - in what becomes known as her 'golden speech': -

'Though God hath raised me high, yet this I account the glory of my crown, that I have reigned with your loves. It is not my desire to live or reign longer than my life and reign shall be for your good. And though you have had, and may have, many mightier and wiser princes sitting in this seat, yet you never had, nor shall have any that will love you better.'

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