Now back to Liz I (1558-1603), did you know she and Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584) exchanged some 90 letters? Well, now you do. He was a crafty autocrat who increasingly raged as he aged, resulting in a fit, during which he murdered his eldest son. Golly. What kings could get away with. She was a charismatic survivor of a wild upbringing, possibly the best educated woman of her generation, and she had her rivals killed or executed. Oh, those absolute rulers.