Like Egyptian Queen Hapshepsut, who wore the royal beard in portraits, Queen Elizabeth I was careful to refer to herself as a “prince,” not “princess,” and sign her name Elizabeth R. (the Rstanding for Rex, “king”). We recently watched, courtesy of Roku, all six episodes of the 1970-71 BBC mini-series “Elizabeth R.,” starring the definitive Glenda Jackson. Elizabeth I, as one professor argues, posthumously founded the movie industry, beginning with a performance by Sarah Bernhardt. We suggest she is also a key figure in understanding the crypto-Jewish strain in English royalty and aristocratic genealogies.
Consider, for instance:
- Elizabeth is not–or was not–a common Anglo-Saxon name. It is the Greek translation of the Hebrew name Elisheva, meaning “God’s promise,” “oath of God,” or “I am God’s daughter.” Many Elizabeths in England and Scotland owe their naming directly or indirectly to St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Queen Margaret, the daughter of Edmund the Exile and granddaughter of Edmund Ironsides, initiated a flood of return Scotsmen to the British Isles in the eleventh century. Cognates are Eliza, Elzina (Arabic) and many others.
- Elizabeth called Sir Francis Walsingham, her chief foreign policy advisor (see picture), “little Moor.” He probably had Sephardic Jewish antecedents, accounting for his knowledge of Spanish and secret spy network.
- Elizabeth was a Boleyn (also spelling Bullen, Bullent, Bulleyn, Bullin, Bullon, Bollen, Boulin, Boullen, Bullan, Bullant, Bulein, Bolen, Bollyng, Bolling, etc.). Authoritative surname sources derive this name from Boulogne, a Norman town, or a Middle English word meaning “excessive drinking.” An alternative etymology is Hebrewballin “ritual bathkeeper.”
- The Tudors, who were Welsh, joined with the Stewarts, who were Scottish. Both families have many Jewish connections and attributes.
Elizabeth’s counselors and favorites included: Francis Drake (whose Y chromosome line matches Ashkenazi Jews), John Hawkins (Sephardic surname), John Dee (professor of Hebrew and Cabala), John Frobisher (Forbes, Scottish Jewish), Admiral Sir Charles Howard, Walter Raleigh, Francis Bacon and others of their ilk. These mapmakers, privateers and promoters are discussed in Chapter 1 of the book Star, Crescent and Cross: Jews and Muslims in Colonial America.