Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Royally Screwed 

JCU's exhibit puts to rest those nasty rumors about Queen Elizabeth I.

In John Carroll University's exhibit Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend, Carole Levin tries to set the record straight about the Virgin Queen's sex life. It wasn't as it was portrayed in the 1998 movie Elizabeth, in which the monarch jumped into bed with Robert Dudley while her ladies-in-waiting watched. "First, she'd never do it in front of anybody," laughs Levin, co-curator of the traveling exhibit. "And whether he was her lover is debatable."

The collection of 100 photo reproductions compiles Elizabeth's manuscripts, letters, and books. One of Levin's favorite pieces is a letter written by the never-married Elizabeth to an uncle. "Everybody said she had to marry, but nobody agreed on whom she should marry," says Levin. "But if you notice her incredibly beautiful signature, it shows her strength as a future ruler."
Fridays, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Starts: March 31. Continues through April 20

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Speaking of Highlights

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.