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1572-3_Queen Elizabeth I of England. Portrait miniature medallion  Artist: Unknown.  Zeelandic Museum

1572-3_Queen Elizabeth I of England. Portrait miniature medallion Artist: Unknown. Zeelandic Museum

A rare English needlework portrait depicting Queen Elizabeth I, circa 1580.

A rare English needlework portrait depicting Queen Elizabeth I, circa 1580.

The cover of one of Henry VIII's books.  This is purple velvet and embroidered motifs.

The cover of one of Henry VIII's books. This is purple velvet and embroidered motifs.

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex was born on 11/10/1565 at Netherwood near Bromyard, in  Herefordshire, the son of Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex and  Lettice Knollys. His maternal great-grandmother Mary Boleyn was a  sister of Anne Boleyn, mother of Queen Elizabeth I, making him a  cousin of the Queen, and there were rumours that his grandmother,  Catherine Carey, a close friend of Queen Elizabeth's, was Henry VIII's  illegitimate daughter. He was a military hero and favorite of Elizabeth…

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex was born on 11/10/1565 at Netherwood near Bromyard, in Herefordshire, the son of Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex and Lettice Knollys. His maternal great-grandmother Mary Boleyn was a sister of Anne Boleyn, mother of Queen Elizabeth I, making him a cousin of the Queen, and there were rumours that his grandmother, Catherine Carey, a close friend of Queen Elizabeth's, was Henry VIII's illegitimate daughter. He was a military hero and favorite of Elizabeth…

Katherine of Aragon, 1511    Detail of Katherine of Aragon from the Westminster Tournament Roll which illustrates the two-day tournament that was held to celebrate the birth of Katherine and Henry VIII’s short-lived son, prince Henry (February 1511).

Katherine of Aragon, 1511 Detail of Katherine of Aragon from the Westminster Tournament Roll which illustrates the two-day tournament that was held to celebrate the birth of Katherine and Henry VIII’s short-lived son, prince Henry (February 1511).

Anne Boleyn attired for a Court Masque, as St. Barbara, by Holbein. The artist was not only Court Painter to Henry VIII.,but he as well designed many of the costumes, props and settings, for the Masques so well loved by Henry and his Court.

Anne Boleyn attired for a Court Masque, as St. Barbara, by Holbein. The artist was not only Court Painter to Henry VIII.,but he as well designed many of the costumes, props and settings, for the Masques so well loved by Henry and his Court.

Princess Elizabeth’s, later Queen Elizabeth I, letter to her sister Queen Mary I. Written just before she was taken to the Tower.

Princess Elizabeth’s, later Queen Elizabeth I, letter to her sister Queen Mary I. Written just before she was taken to the Tower.

Queen Elizabeth I’s bedspread    In 1572 Queen Elizabeth I visited Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Several items alleged to have belonged to this queen and left at the castle still survive including a pair of gloves and this bedspread made for her. Today the items are on display in the China Room within the castle.    Elizabeth never visited Berkeley again. It seems no vast sum was spent on Elizabeth’s visit which may have discouraged her from returning. Simultaneously Elizabeth may have…

Queen Elizabeth I’s bedspread In 1572 Queen Elizabeth I visited Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Several items alleged to have belonged to this queen and left at the castle still survive including a pair of gloves and this bedspread made for her. Today the items are on display in the China Room within the castle. Elizabeth never visited Berkeley again. It seems no vast sum was spent on Elizabeth’s visit which may have discouraged her from returning. Simultaneously Elizabeth may have…