Elizabeth: The Golden Age
A stunning feast for the eyes, from the settings and cinematography to the costumes. It’s also a compelling drama. In 1588 – a disunited kingdom – two faiths, two empires, two rulers. Papist Spain wants to bring down the heretic Elizabeth. Philip is building an armada but needs a rationale to attack. With covert intrigue, Spain sets a trap for the Queen and her principal secretary, Walsingham, using as a pawn Elizabeth’s sister Mary Stuart, who’s under house arrest in Scotland. The trap springs, and the armada sets sale, to rendezvous with French ground forces and to attack. During these months, the Virgin Queen falls in love with Walter Raleigh, keeping him close to court and away from the sea and America. Stirring stuff.