The Truth of the Line

An Elizabethan Novel by Melanie V Taylor

The Rainbow Portrait of Elizabeth I

The Rainbow Portrait is possibly by Isaac Oliver. Hatfield House.

At the end of The Truth of the Line, Robert Cecil contemplates the future and looks at this portrait. Andrew Graham Dixon’s article dated 13/01/2002 discusses the possible meanings behind the symbols and is well worth a read.

The Rainbow Portrait

The Rainbow Portrait



Melanie Taylor was born in Pinner, England in 1953 and brought up on the Channel Island of Jersey. On leaving school she attended the local secretarial college. With secretarial skills learned, London beckoned and Melanie returned to England. After marriage, children and divorce, in 1999 she saw an advert for part-time degrees at Kingston University in her local newspaper and enrolled to study The History of Art, Architecture & Design, graduating in 2005. Redundancy and an inheritance gave her the luxury of being able to study full-time for her Master of Arts degree in Medieval & Tudor Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Melanie now lives in Surrey and lectures in art and social history.

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