The Elizabethan era combined the flourishing of English drama, international expansion and naval triumph. Yet Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), the "Virgin Queen" or "Good Queen Bess," had very yellow and unequal teeth, with many of them missing.
Indeed, she was plagued by toothache -- but refused to have her decayed teeth taken out.
"This decision condemned her to years of intermittent pain from toothache, gum disease and resultant neuralgia in the face and neck," British writer Alison Weir wrote in her book "Elizabeth, the Queen."
Suffering from panic attacks, she also had a varicose ulcer on her leg, which took years to heal.