QUEEN ELIZABETH I's VISIT TO HINCHINGBROOKE 1564
Elizabeth spent the night of August 10th 1564 at Hinchingbrooke,
after a four day visit to Cambridge. According to several accounts it
was at Hinchingbrooke that the following incident took place:
Elizabeth had been asked to stay for one more evening to see a play which
the students had produced for her amusement.
The actors came on stage dressed as the Catholic bishopswhich Elizabeth had imprisoned and carrying a symbol of their persecution. One, called Bonner, carried a lamb in his arms at which he rolled his eyes and gnashed his teeth. A dog brought up the rear with the host in his mouth.
Elizabeth was gravely offended: she rose and with a few indignant words left the room: the lights were extinguished and the discomfited players had to find their way out of the house in the dark, and to blunder back to Cambridge.