Dating and marriage in elizabethan times


Queen Elizabeth I was considered one of the greatest monarchs in English history.

Her reign is often referred to as the “Golden Age”.

It will be sold at Sotheby's on 22 November, alongside two other images of the queen aged 27 and 62, which trace her evolution from a fresh-faced young woman full of romantic hopes just after her coronation into the mask-like Virgin Queen of England.

The full-length picture – shown here – is believed to be the most important of a group of early portraits, which depict sophisticated images of the Queen, and it is expected to fetch up to £1m.

There were rules which governed Medieval Courtly Love but sometimes the parties, who started their relationship with such elements of Medieval Courtly Love, would become deeply involved.


The origins of Medieval Courtly Love were believed to be in Aquitaine in France in the 12th century and spread to other European countries.The image has remained one of the "hidden" pictures of the Elizabeth I, unseen by the public for 400 years.But now it is about to come to auction, for the first time in its history.Women had no choice about whether they would marry or who would become their husband, and they may not even have laid eyes on the groom before the wedding day.


Typically, Ancient Roman and Greek grooms were in their late twenties or early thirties at the time of marriage, but brides were much younger, usually only teenagers.

Sotheby's said no other work comparable in size and decoration had ever appeared on the market before.


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