dudley vs dorimant

14 Feb

“And though companionship of the flesh pales in comparison to the strength of our love – I am but a man after all.” – Robert Dudley

One of my favourite romantic tales is of Robert Dudley & Queen Elizabeth I. Dudley was captivated by her and repeatedly asked her to marry him, each time resulting in a refusal. He repeatedly professed his love to her, and she did nothing but toy with his emotions and turn down his gestures. Though she was bonded to him in inexplicable ways, it’s believed that he was her one and only true love, despite his marriage to other women, including her cousin – which sent her into a rage. Elizabeth didn’t marry or have children, though it’s fair to say that she lived a very strong, inspiring and fulfilling life – at a great expense.

The love story and era of Elizabeth I is inspiring to me on many different levels, and was a very abstract muse for my short story, The Crutches of Desire. British actor Tom Hardy plays Robert Dudley in the movie, The Virgin Queen, and does a phenomenal job portraying Dudley, gallant in nature and eternally chivalrous. Hardy also plays the cunning and coldhearted bachelor Dorimant in a British stage play called Man of Mode. It’s these characters, Dudley and Dorimant, and Hardy himself who ultimately constitute the character ‘Dorimant’ in The Crutches.

An exploration into their worlds – the love story in The Crutches is both dynamic and excessive and exploits both Dudley and Dorimant’s polar opposite personalities and emotional tendencies, within the character Dorimant, with the unnamed protagonist.

The programmers at TVO have decided to pay homage to the day of love, with one of the sweetest of love stories — airing the first part of The Virgin Queen series on Valentines Day at 9 p.m.

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4 Responses to “dudley vs dorimant”

  1. Jo. Chen February 14, 2008 at '3:30' #

    While I love British classic love stories (e.g., Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility), I have to give props to a teen movie this Valentine’s Day. It was one of those classics that truly belong to anyone’s DVD collection. “Say Anything” was one Cameron Crowe’s best works and I dare you to find a teen flick that shows the same outstanding level of sensitivity, broad characters, and soundtrack moments that this one has. Whenever I watch this film, it makes me realize that it’s not so impossible to find happiness. Lloyd Dobler – my hero.

  2. staffeen thompson February 22, 2008 at '5:11' #

    In the second episode, we see Dudley & Elizabeth openly displaying their love for each other – discretion isn’t their forte! The entire palace has caught wind of their affair, and so has Dudley’s wife Amy, who’s at home slowly slipping away. The kingdom suspects Dudley has killed his wife in order to be with Elizabeth, but when exonerated asks Elizabeth to marry him…and as usual she turns him down!

    Elizabeth then comes down with small pox, and triumphantly over comes it… and makes a grand speech to the court. She’d rather be unwed and have the power, than have a husband whom she does not love…

    This whole episode was about perception. The perception of happiness, power, love, lust, loyalty. Dudley’s fake marriage to his wife, his questionable motives towards Elizabeth (was he only after HER power?), her love for him…or was it only LUST? As she only wanted to use him for her protection of the kingdom. The story just thickens!!

    At closing, we see Dudley with a woman…not Elizabeth. The perception of happiness & passion rears its ugly head!

    Will Elizabeth stand for this betrayal?

  3. staffeen thompson February 29, 2008 at '5:56' #

    Ah, quick answer to that question: no way!

    Elizabeth had her way – took a young man to flirt with, and made Dudley extremely jealous, claiming “it’s for an heir.” She then learns that Dudley was married to her cousin – tore the place apart and banished him from the Kingdom.

    But Dudley became ill but remained as her political advisor. Meanwhile the Queen of Scots conspiracy transpires, and Elizabeth has her killed on suspicion of treason (killing of Elizabeth). War ensues and the battle takes them out to the field.

    Out on the field Dudley falls drastically ill and he & Elizabeth reconcile and reestablish their bond. They have several heart-to-hearts before he leaves to be ‘cured’.

    After a victory against France and an amazing speech from Elizabeth, she learns that Dudley has died alone. She grieves for days, but then learns of Dudley’s step-son Devereaux (Robert), and is immediately taken with him…

    Will Elizabeth try to rekindle the bond she had with Dudley with Devereaux?

  4. staffeen thompson March 9, 2008 at '20:06' #

    In the final episode, Elizabeth becomes smitten with Devereaux, Dudley’s step-son, and he’s risen through the ranks as Dudley did, to become the Earl of Essex. He’s extremely hot-tempered and impulsive, as Dudley was, and tries exceptionally hard to win Elizabeth’s respect. Of course she still has issues with his mother, her cousin (?) and uses him to ultimately spite her.

    After many of his random antics, she has him beheaded. She falls into a deep depression. Everything ‘good’ and ‘memorable’ left of Dudley has been demolished. She still has not married and after 40 years of rule, she passes. Leaving King James to continue the Monarchy.

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