The front of the Great Seal of Elizabeth I. The Great Seal was used by the Chancery, the Tudor Civil service, to show that the document attached was ordered in the Queen’s name. The pattern for this seal was produced by the artist Nicholas Hilliard in 1586.

The front of the Great Seal of Elizabeth I. The Great Seal was used by the Chancery, the Tudor civil service, to show that the document attached was ordered in the Queen’s name. The pattern for this seal was produced by the artist Nicholas Hilliard in

Elizabeth I used this great seal during the second half of her reign - from 1586 to 1603. It is an impression from seal matrix made of bronze and was engraved by Nicholas Hilliard, who was famous for his small paintings or miniatures. The matrix was used to create wax impressions that were used to 'seal' documents. This was a means of proving that the accompanying document had been written or approved by the owner of the seal.

Great seal of Elizabeth I, second half of her reign to It is an impression from seal matrix made of bronze and was engraved by Nicholas Hilliard, who was famous for his small paintings or miniatures.

Gold medal of Elizabeth I by Nicholas Hilliard. England, c. 1580-1590.

Gold medal of Elizabeth I by Nicholas Hilliard. Brilliant both in terms of execution and iconography.

nicholas+hilliard+miniatures | Queen Elizabeth I miniature by Nicholas Hilliard, c.1595

Queen Elizabeth I Miniature by Nicholas Hilliard. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Queen Elizabeth with a Fan, 1585-1590. Attr. to John Bettes the Younger. Hever Castle, Kent.

Attributed to John Bettes the Younger (died — Queen Elizabeth I with a Fan, : The National Portrait Gallery, London.

Thomas Boleyn- Father of Mary, Anne and George -- grandfather of Elizabeth 1. Mixed ideas about his character.

Thomas Boleyn, father of Mary, Anne, and George, grandfather of Elizabeth I. Looks like the general consensus is that Thomas Boleyn was an awful man who forced his daughters into their relationships with the King so that he could rise at court.

Dessert Plate (trencher) from the household of Queen Elizabeth I. Written and decorated in London, England in 1595

Dessert Plate (trencher) from the household of Queen Elizabeth I. Written and decorated in London, England in Plate Location:The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, NY, USA

Zuccaro's sketch of Queen Elizabeth I; c1570s; the most authentic likeness of the queen

Elizabeth I: Colored sketch, attributed to Federico Zuccaro. This beautiful sketch can be viewed at Sudeley Castle.

Elizabeth I - 1561 sixpence ...Be a coin collector and get coins right from PCH !

Elizabeth I - 1561 sixpence .Be a coin collector and get coins right from PCH…

Sir John Radclyffe and Lady Anne Asshawe wedding bed, 1570.  Photo: Ordsall Hall, England

The wedding bed for Sir John Radclyffe and Lady Anne Asshawe, dates back to the The bed is the only surviving piece of furniture from Ordsall Hall. The Radclyffe family were one of the most influential families in England who served Tudor kings and

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