History Today Flash Sale

Elizabethan

Elizabeth I, by Nicholas Hilliard, c.1580 Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2019/Bridgeman Images

Nicholas Hilliard was a portraitist at the pinnacle of his profession.

Francis Drake, 1652. Courtesy University of California Libraries

Drake’s exploits in the New World made him perfect material for the English gutter press and a figurehead for rising Hispanophobia.

Although best known as Elizabeth I’s court magician, John Dee was also one of England’s most learned men. Katie Birkwood explores his books and the wealth of information they can provide on his early life. 

Without dexterity and imagination historians are in danger of overlooking the telling details that complete the bigger picture, argues Mathew Lyons.

The playwright was baptised on February 26th, 1564.

Francis J. Bremer introduces a true Renaissance man; Thomas Hariot, man of action and ideas.

Lansing Collins describes how, in honour of a previous gift sent in the other direction, Elizabeth I presented Sultan Mohammed III with an elaborate clock, surmounted by singing birds that shook their wings.

Alan Haynes describes how, in 1567, permission for the holding of ‘a very rich Lottery General’ was granted by English government.

Tracked down to a ‘hut in the cavern of a rock’, writes J.J.N. McGurk, Desmond met his death at the hands of fellow Irishmen.

D.E. Moss introduces a Cambridge scholar who was tutor to Princess Elizabeth, an observant traveller in Germany and the author of books on archery and education.