Elizabeth, the Jumbal Queen


The Great Elizabeth, the last Tudor, had a major sweet tooth. To be fair, she was not the only one. Food has always served to demonstrate and affirm status, and the royals of all times have asserted wealth and power by consuming the most luxurious and exotic comestibles of their epoch. Luckily for Elizabeth the Great, her reign coincided with exploration of the New World. While Sir Walter Raleigh, an avid smoker, did not actually bring tobacco to England (contrary to common belief), he did bring something much better, in his sovereign’s opinion – cane sugar.


Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, the virgin queen’s only suitor for many years and the hero of the somewhat scandalous relationship with Elizabeth, knew her taste for sweets. He also knew how to give a party in grand style, as befitting a queen. It seems that the three-week long party in Elizabeth’s honor…

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