„It is a pity that Elizabeth and I cannot marry each other. Our children would have gained mastery over the whole world.“

— Papa Sisto V, On Queen Elizabeth I of England, in 1587; reported in Emil Reich, Woman Through the Ages: Volume 2 (1908), p. 38. Alternately reported without the phrase "each other" and ending with "would have ruled the whole world".

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