Hello ! I have to tell you how much I enjoy your website. I have been fascinated and obsessed with the Tudor Dynasty, and life in the 15th/16th centuries, for years now. Your site has answered so many wonderful questions that I have aways had. I do have a few more to ask you, though…first one is this…Did Elizabeth have any bitterness towards Henry for the cruel and unfair death of her mother?–or did she believe her mother was guilty as charged. Second…I am very curious about Tudor hygiene. I am wondering how they cared for there teeth. I am assuming that their breath must have been horrible in those times….and who wants to smooch with a King who must have had an frowzy mouth? LOL
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoy using the site.
We don't know Elizabeth's true feelings about her father and what happened to her mother, but it appears that Elizabeth did not bear her father any ill will and, in fact, idolised him. I have actually written an article on this very point over at The Elizabeth Files so here is the link to that as it explains my thoughts on this subject - http://www.elizabethfiles.com/elizabeth-i-her-fathers-daughter-and-the-lions-cub/3515/
I don't believe that Elizabeth felt that her mother was guilty but I don't think she harboured any bitterness towards her father either, perhaps she felt that Anne was conspired against by Cromwell and the Seymour faction? We just don't know what Elizabeth was told.
As far as Tudor hygiene is concerned, I have read that they cleaned their teeth with tooth picks and cloths and that honey was often used in pastes applied to the teeth to keep them clean - of course, they didn't realise that the sugar in the honey was bad for their teeth. They kept their breath fresh by chewing herbs such mint and aniseed. Author Wendy Dunn has written a great article on hygiene, see http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/tudor/96379/1