History : Jul-Aug 2018
MARK FIENNES/BRIDGEMAN/ACI BRIDGEMAN/ACI BRIDGEMAN/ACI MARK FIENNES/BRIDGEMAN/ACI Orpharion This orpharion (right), a type of lute, is thought to have been made specially for her in 1580. Helmingham Hall, Suffolk, England Gloves This pair of elegant, fringed gloves was presented to Elizabeth on her visit to the University of Oxford in 1566. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Christening Gown The infant Princess Elizabeth may have worn this silk- and-lace confection when she was baptized in 1533. Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England Virginal This virginal, or harpsichord, made in 1570 bears Anne Boleyn’s emblem; it probably belonged to Elizabeth. Victoria & Albert Museum, London THE QUEEN’S TREASURES Elizabeth’s four-decade reign is counted among the most glorious periods in English history, coinciding with a period of feverish literary activity, including the early plays of Shakespeare. The finely crafted royal objects that have survived provide ample evidence of the era’s rich culture.