But she knows a full-blown relationship with Raleigh would be political dynamite so she pushes her lady-in-waiting towards him. The triangle is unusual but it is one characterised by love on all sides.Elizabeth tells Raleigh: 'Love me but take your other needs to her'." Raleigh's relationship with Throckmorton is a matter of historical record.
The movie will claim that Elizabeth came to bitterly regret the bargain she had struck.
But critics say there is no evidence to suggest that Elizabeth even loved Raleigh, let alone engineered his relationship with his future wife.
Elizabeth The Golden Age will claim that an infatuated Queen Elizabeth, played by Cate Blanchett, longed for a physical relationship with Raleigh, played by Clive Owen, but held back for fear of losing her crown.
Instead, she engineered a relationship between Raleigh and her close confidante Elizabeth "Bess" Throckmorton so she could enjoy a love affair by proxy.
Lady Anne Somerset, who wrote the acclaimed biography Elizabeth I, said: "This is not the accepted view.