Royalty & aristocracy

Arise ladies and gentlemen, as we step back in time to a world of courtiers and courtship. From the drama and intrigue of of Elizabeth I's court, to the rags to riches tale of Lord Nelson's mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton, we explore the lives and legacies of some of history's most colourful characters.

One of England's most-famous monarchs, Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) rebuilt England’s standing in the world.

Entertainment at court in Elizabethan times included jousting, dancing, poetry-reading, dramatic performances, hunting, riding, banqueting and concerts. 

In the 1570s and 1580s, Queen Elizabeth I granted royal permission to two Englishmen to colonise America.

Various dramatic events led to Elizabeth I taking over the throne from the Catholic Queen Mary I.

The Privy Council was a defined body that advised Queen Elizabeth I and acted as the administrative centre for her government.

After Henry VIII’s death in 1547, Elizabeth went to live with her stepmother, Katherine Parr, leading to a near-disaster. 

When Elizabeth I became queen her first challenge was to build a loyal staff of independent thinkers to help her govern. 

The Tudor dynasty was founded in 1485 by Elizabeth's grandfather, Henry VII, when he emerged victorious after the dynastic Wars of the Roses. 

The procession and coronation of Queen Elizabeth I set the tone for her reign and earned her public approval.

There was no full-time navy when James I (VI of Scotland) and Charles I were on the throne. This left the British coastline vulnerable to attack.

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