Elizabeth, the Golden AgeDVD - 2008
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Queen Elizabeth I: How many Catholics are there in England, sir? Cabinet Minister #1: Immense numbers, Majesty. Cabinet Minister #2: Half the nation cling to the old superstitions. Queen Elizabeth I: What would you have me do? Hang half the people in England, or just imprison them? Minister #2: We must act, Majesty! Our inaction is perceived as weakness! Queen Elizabeth I: If my people break the law, they shall be punished. Until that day, they shall be protected. Minister #1: Majesty, we have proven reason to fear every Catholic in the... Queen Elizabeth I: Fear creates fear. I am not ignorant of the dangers, sir. But I will not punish my people for their beliefs. Only for their deeds. I am assured that the people of England love their Queen. My constant endeavor is to earn that love.
(after an expedition in the New World, Raleigh has founded a colony) Sir Walter Raleigh: "We have named it Virginia, after our Virgin Queen." Queen Elizabeth I: " "Virginia"? And when I am married, will you rename it to "Conjugia"?"
Sir Walter Raleigh: "How am I to win the Queen's favor?" Bess Throckmorton: "Why should I tell you that?" Sir Walter Raleigh: "I've little enough to offer, but whatever I have to give, ask and it's yours." Bess Throckmorton: "Say what you mean to say as plainly as possible. All men flatter the Queen in hope of advancement. Pay her the compliment of truth."
Sir Walter Raleigh (to Queen Elizabeth I): "Can you imagine what it is to cross an ocean... For weeks you see nothing but the horizon - perfect and empty... You live in the grip of fear... Fear of storms; fear of sickness on board; fear of the immensity... So you must drive that fear down deep into your belly. Study your charts, watch your compass. Pray for a fair wind, and hope... pure... naked... fragile hope..."
Sir Walter Raleigh: "...At first, it's no more than a haze on the horizon. So you watch... you watch... then it's a smudge, a shadow in the far water. For a day, for another day, the stain slowly spreads along the horizon, taking form... Until on the third day, you let yourself believe, you dare to whisper the word.. Land... Land... Life... Resurrection... A true adventure, coming out of the vast unknown, out of the immensity... into new life... That, Your Majesty, is The New World." Queen Elizabeth I: "I like your immensities. Your ocean, is an image of eternity, I think. Such great spaces make us - small. Do we discover The New World Mr. Raleigh, our does The New World discover us?"
Queen Elizabeth I: "Are you here to tell me I must murder a Queen?" Sir Walter Raleigh: "I would never presume to tell my Queen what to do. Only you know where your duty lies." Queen Elizabeth I: "Was it my father's duty to murder my mother? She was a Queen, for a time. Oh, I would be loath to die such so bloody a death." Sir Walter Raleigh: "Since when were you so afraid?" Queen Elizabeth I: "I'm always afraid." Sir Walter Raleigh: "Kill a Queen and all Queens are mortal. We mortals have many weaknesses: we feel too much, hurt too much, all too soon we die, but we do have the chance of love." Queen Elizabeth I: "Do we? I have given England my life. Must she also have my soul?"
Queen Elizabeth I: (to her army) "My loving people. We see the sails of the enemy approaching. We hear the Spanish guns over the water. Soon now, we will meet them face-to-face. I am resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all. While we stand together no invader shall pass. Let them come with the armies of Hell; they will not pass! And when this day of battle is ended, we meet again in heaven or on the field of victory."
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