The "old" Hatfield House, in Hertfordshire. Lots of Tudor connections here: built during the reign of Henry VII by the Bishop of Ely; taken by Henry VIII when he forced the religious houses to close; childhood home of Edward VI and Elizabeth; site of Eliz's harassment by Thomas Seymour; where Elizabeth was told by messengers that she had become queen. After Elizabeth's death, the house went to Robert Cecil, son of Elizabeth's chief counsellor William.
Although throughout her reign Queen Elizabeth I never spoke publicly of her mother, upon Elizabeth's death in 1603, this ring was removed from her finger. Within its secret compartment are two miniature enamel portraits, one of Elizabeth, the other, of Anne Boleyn.
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester court favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. He and the Queen were longtime friends, and he once said of her, "I have known her better than any man alive since she was nine years old".
Dudley's tomb - Queen Elizabeth was deeply affected after Dudley died, and locked herself in her apartment for a few days until Lord Burghley had the door broken. Her nickname for Dudley was "Eyes", which was symbolised by the sign of ôô in their letters to each other. Elizabeth kept the letter he had sent her six days before his death in her bedside treasure box, endorsing it with "his last letter" on the outside. It was still there when she died 15 years later.
It is often said that we do not know how Elizabeth I felt about her mother, Anne Boleyn, and it is widely written that she only spoken of her twice in her entire life...Using a surprising amount of contemporary evidence and a little bit of conjecture based on fact, we can, in fact determine how Elizabeth felt about Anne.-BB. Read more in "Death Could Not Separate Them: How Elizabeth I Connected to Her Deceased Mother"…