„What a valiant woman. She braves the two greatest kings by land and sea. If she were not a heretic she would be worth a whole world.“

—  Papa Sisto V, On Queen Elizabeth I of England, in 1587; reported in Colin Bingham, Men and Affairs: A Modern Miscellany (1967), p. 48.
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Papa Sisto V
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