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This is Princess Elizabeth I's only surviving letter to King Henry VIII

"Matchless and most kind father." ~ Young Elizabeth I’s address to King Henry VIII.

The studious and pious twelve year old Princess Elizabeth I of England dearly loved her father King Henry VIII. The most concrete proof of this was a trilingual epistle she wrote for her father as a New Years present in 1545. The book demonstrated how she was one of the best educated women for her generation.

Outside, the book is bound in red cloth which contains initials of her father and stepmother.

Inside are Elizabeth I’s perfectly handwritten words: not an error, not even a single mistranslation. 

(Scanned photos from Elizabeth I: Her Life in Letters By Elizabeth I (Queen of England))

The book also has her stepmother Katherine Parr’s Prayers and Meditation which she translated into French, Latin and Italian. Katherine Parr was the queen consort of England and was the one who educated and influenced Elizabeth I, showed her how a woman is capable of excellent independent thinking and ruling.