Royal Court & Council
Our curator, Kristian Martin, looks at the notorious sex life of the famous diarist Samuel Pepys.
In the 1570s and 1580s, Queen Elizabeth I granted royal permission to two Englishmen to colonise America.
The Privy Council was a defined body that advised Queen Elizabeth I and acted as the administrative centre for her government.
When Elizabeth I became queen her first challenge was to build a loyal staff of independent thinkers to help her govern.
Entertainment at court in Elizabethan times included jousting, dancing, poetry-reading, dramatic performances, hunting, riding, banqueting and concerts.
Naval reformer, citizen scientist, serious player on the national stage, MP and prisoner of the Tower of London – Samuel Pepys was all these but it is his candid diary that has ensured he remains a household name centuries after his death.