The Truth of the Line

An Elizabethan Novel by Melanie V Taylor

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A Banquet on board The Golden Hind

The Golden Hind - copyright National Maritime Museum, London

On 4th April, 1581 Francis Drake hosted a banquet on his ship The Golden Hind to celebrate his circumnavigation of the globe and to honour his patrons, principally, Elizabeth I. The ship had set out from England in 1577 named The Pelican, but Drake renamed it The Golden Hind as he rounded The Horn, in… Read More

Veronese – a Venetian Master.

Supper at Emmaus - Veronese

The National Gallery, London opened its doors to the public on their latest exhibition on Wednesday 19th March.  The subject is Veronese and it is the first time his work has been showcased in England.  I was able to go last Friday, which coincided with the Curator’s lunchtime talk in the Sainsbury Wing theatre. London… Read More

The Virgin Queen – or perhaps not!

Detail Michelmas 1560

or alternatively, The Evidence of the Ps. The Ps are the first letter of the first word (Placita) on the front of the Coram Rege Rolls that recorded the proceedings of the King’s Bench from 1066.  Within the P the monarch is portrayed as the purveyor of God’s Justice and Mercy.  The wording was formulaic… Read More

A Royal Love Token?

The use of the portrait miniature as a love token is well known and if Nicholas Hilliard were alive today, one of his portraits would be the ultimate Valentine’s present for a loved one. Two absolutely minute images of Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley were sold in London a couple of years ago. They are… Read More

Is this Lady Jane Grey?

The Durer signature

In September 2007 The Telegraph published an interview with Dr David Starkey who believes that this is not a miniature of Princess Elizabeth as previously thought, but is, in fact, that of Lady Jane Grey. The miniature is in the Yale University collection and needless to say, they were very pleased to have what they… Read More

The portrait miniature as a love token


One of the innovations of the Tudor Court was the portrait miniature. First it was Lucas Horenbout who painted Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragon, but he died in 1544 of plague. His fellow artist, Hans Holbein also painted miniatures but he had died in November 1543. Queen Elizabeth delighted in miniatures of herself, using… Read More

The Coronation Miniature of Elizabeth I 1559


The Coronation Miniature shows a completely different hand at work than Hilliard’s. This is approximately the size of the original (Private Collection). Elizabeth is every inch the Virgin Queen, with her vibrant red-gold tresses rippling across her shoulders and down her back. Her robes carry the Tudor Rose, are lined with ermine – another symbol… Read More