Tudor Clothing - Dress to Impress
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry Vlll and Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth was born in 1533 and died in 1603. She was the Queen of England from 1558 until she died at the age of 70. This portrait is thought to be a Victorian copy of the original painting of Queen Elizabeth I by John Bettes.
How do we know she was a rich lady?
If you look at the picture closely you can see a large ruff around her neck. The bigger the ruff, the more money and power you were showing you had. The addition of a lace decoration also showed you were wealthy. Can you spot the pearls and jewels on her bodice? Pearls were not available in England at the time and had to be imported from countries abroad which could only be done if you were extremely rich.
Queen Elizabeth was known to eat lots of sweets which made her teeth rot. People saw this as a sign of having a lot of money because sugar was very expensive to buy. Tudors blackened their teeth with soot so that others would think they were rich.