Queen Elizabeth the first . She went by the name of Astraea and also Eliza, she was famed for her chastity and had many multinational suitors . It is only natural that all Elizabethan readers would have immediately thought Avisa was referring to Queen Elizabeth . But it was not . The libel Willobie His Avisa was a private libel that was specifically engineered to invoke the wrath of the Queen against members of the Essex circle. Avisa was Penelope Rich and definitely not Queen Elizabeth.