17th - 21st May 2010 - Visit Tudor England

The Elizabeth I Sieve Portrait

| June 29, 2010

The Elizabeth I Pelican Portrait

| June 29, 2010

Thank you so much for all of your comments regarding symbolism in the Armada portrait, I still can’t figure out whether it’s a pomegranate or a finial behind Elizabeth, but it’s great fun discussing these portraits and puzzling them out. Today, we’re going to look at the famous Pelican Portrait thought to have been painted […]

The Armada Portrait

| June 23, 2010

Following on from last week’s article “Elizabeth I – Queen of PR”, I thought it would be good to start our examination of Elizabeth I portraits with the famous Armada portrait. This portrait is by an unknown artist (possibly George Gower) and was painted circa 1588, the same year as Elizabeth I’s defeat of the […]

Elizabeth I – Queen of PR

| June 17, 2010

A few months ago I wrote an article entitled “Elizabeth I’s Image” which was based on the BBC series “The Seven Ages of Britain”, a series which looked at Britain’s history through its art and treasure. In that article I mentioned how Elizabeth I, like her father Henry VIII, used her portraits as propaganda, as […]

On Monsieur’s Departure

| June 10, 2010

On this day in history, 10th June 1584, François, Duke of Anjou and Alençon, died at the age of 30 from a fever, possibly malaria. Why am I writing about him here, on a website dedicated to Elizabeth? Because he was one of Elizabeth’s suitors and the man she affectionately called her “frog”. François, Duke […]

The Cambridge Connections – Part 2

| June 7, 2010

This is the second part of author Robert Parry’s examination of the “Cambridge Connections” which Anne Boleyn gave her daughter, the future Elizabeth I, when she asked her chaplain Matthew Parker to look after Elizabeth if anything should happen to her. The Cambridge Connections – Part 2 by Robert Parry In part two of this […]

The Marriage of Robert Dudley and Amy Robsart

| June 4, 2010

On this day in history, the 4th June 1550 (some sources say the 5th), Robert Dudley married Amy Robsart at the royal palace of Sheen at Richmond, near London. The marriage was attended by the then king, Edward VI. Both Amy and Dudley were a few days short of their 18th birthdays when they got […]

The Cambridge Connections

| June 2, 2010

Back at the beginning of May, I wrote an article entitled “The Fall of Anne Boleyn” where I mentioned the fact that Anne Boleyn asked her chaplain, Matthew Parker, on the 26th April 1536 to ensure that her daughter, the future Elizabeth I, was looked after if anything happened to Anne. This request is important […]