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Is “Becoming Elizabeth” based on a true story?


by Starz Become Elizabeth claims to show us a whole new side to the legendary Queen Elizabeth I. The series takes us back to the monarch’s teenage years, when she wasn’t Gloriana Regina, but a princess. And one with a tenuous claim to that title, to boot. In Become Elizabeth, Elizabeth (Alicia von Rittberg) finds herself caught in a scandalous (and abusive) love triangle. She’s not the virgin queen of tradition, but a pretty horny teen in over her head.

But is Become Elizabeth based on a true story? Sure, Become Elizabeth is set in the past and features the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Lady Jane Gray (Bella Ramsey), and “Bloody” Mary Tudor (Romola Garai), but did all of this really happen to Elizabeth and her contemporaries? Or does designer Anya Reiss choose an extremely revisionist take on history? What really happened?

The truth behind Starz Become Elizabeth might honestly surprise you…

Is “Becoming Elizabeth” based on a true story?
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IS BECOMING ELIZABETH BASED ON A TRUE STORY?

You better believe it! by Starz Become Elizabeth is actually an incredibly historically accurate portrayal of a teenage Elizabeth I. The series opens in the aftermath of Henry VIII’s death and explores the fierce court politics that pitted his three royal heirs against each other. survivors.

A main axis of Become Elizabeth Season 1 is all about Princess Elizabeth’s extremely problematic relationship with her stepmother Catherine Parr’s (Jessica Raine) new husband, Thomas Seymour (Tom Cullen). There is plenty of historical evidence to support this story, as it was common knowledge that Thomas Seymour was incredibly inappropriate with the teenager. Thomas Seymour’s attempt to kidnap King Edward VI also really happened, as did the death of Catherine Parr due to complications in childbirth. Similarly, Catherine Parr was a political power player, the Seymour brothers had a complex relationship, and Robert Dudley (Jamie Blackley) was the son of the man who would wrest power from the Seymours.

So yeah, if you look Become Elizabeth on Starz and wondered if all these crazy things happened to teenage Elizabeth I, it did. (Well, I’m not sure which deer she killed, but almost everything else has historical evidence to back it up.) Become Elizabeth is damn true to the story, right down to Elizabeth’s brutal interrogations and (also) red-haired Mary Tudor.



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