-Sir Francis Walsingham (c.1530-1590) [Queen Elizabeth's Spymaster]

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 at St Dunstans-in-the-West The only statue of Queen Elizabeth I known to have been carved during her lifetime. The statue which dates from 1586 originally stood in Ludgate.

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

Letter from Elizabeth I

Napkin owned by Elizabeth I showing the arms of her mother, Anne Boleyn

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth Cooke, daughter of Anthony Cooke, tutor to Edward VI, sister of Mildred Cook, Lady Burghley, and Anne Cooke, Lady Bacon was a highly influential member of Elizabeth I's court.

A sketch of Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I "Rainbow Portrait"

Queen Elizabeth I

Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke KG (1534 – 19 January 1601) was a statesman of the Elizabethan era. He was the son of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Anne Parr

Elizabeth Vernon (1572-1655) was the Chief Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth I. She was Countess of Southampton and wife of Henry Wriothesley.

Thomas Seymour was reported to have paid morning visits to Elizabeth, in her bedchamber before she was dressed. There was romping, laughing and giggling. No one knows how far these romps went. Seymour was reported to have extended this 'playfulness' in the presence of his wife and the servants. Elizabeth denied any scandal or bad behaviour. But things had gone too far and in 1548 Elizabeth left Katherine Parr's household under questionable circumstances.

Elizabeth I as Princess, c.1556

ANNE DONNE (c.1471-c.1507) was the elder daughter of Sir John Donne of Kidwilly, Carmarthenshire and Elizabeth Hastings. She was painted as a child in the Donne Triptych, with her mother. She married Sir William Rede of Boarstall, Buckinghamshire and had by him three children, Leonard, Elizabeth and Mary. It was Rede’s second wife, Anne Warham, who was a member of Mary Tudor’s household (both as princess and queen)

ROBERT DUDLEY, EARL OF LEICESTER BORN: 1532 DIED: 4 SEPTEMBER 1588 4th son of John Dudley. First married to Amy Robsart, then to Lettice Knollys. A favorite of Elizabeth I

18 Oct 1555 Elizabeth allowed to go to Hatfield... Elizabeth finally received permission from her half-sister, Mary I, to leave court and travel to her own estate at Hatfield, rather than return to house arrest in Woodstock Elizabeth had been treated with suspicion by Mary and her council since Wyatt’s Revolt in early 1554.

BLANCHE PARRY BORN: c. 1508 DIED: 12 FEBRUARY 1590 blanche Monument to Blanche, kneeling alongside Elizbabeth, in St. Faith's, Bacton, Hereford Photograph by John Meek Blanche Parry was Chief Gentlewoman of Elizabeth I's Privy Chamber, and had served her since before she became Queen. She is memorialized at St. Faith's (above) and St. Margaret's Church next to Westminster Abbey.

THOMAS BOLEYN, EARL OF ORMONDE AND WILTSHIRE, VISCOUNT ROCHFORD BORN: 1477 DIED: 1539 ormonde Thomas Boleyn by Holbein The Royal Collection (note -- Eric Ives' new book re-identifies this portrait as James Butler... I will update as soon as I've had a chance to research it further!) Father of Anne, George and Mary Boleyn. Ambassador to France