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British Library Catalogues: Maps and Cartographic Materials: http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/maps/cataloguesmapsandcartographicmaterials/cataloguesofmaps.html (here: Elizabeth I's Map of the British Isles, 1558)

Image of Map of British Isles, which was presented to Elizabeth I after being commissioned by her predecessor Mary I.

Elizabeth dated Oct. 31, 1584 in which she criticizes her rival in remarks intended to be shown or read to the Scottish queen. Among her observations, the English monarch writes of Mary’s “sundry hard and daungerous coorses heald towardes us.”

Elizabeth I -- A letter dated 31 Oct 1584 in which she criticises her rival in remarks intended to be shown or read to the Scottish queen. Among her observations, the English monarch writes of Mary’s “sundry hard and daungerous coorses heald towardes us".

Prince Albert, Duke of York, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon were married on 26 April 1923 in Westminster Abbey. Unexpectedly, Elizabeth laid her bouquet at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior on her way into the Abbey, in memory of her brother Fergus. Ever since, the bouquets of subsequent royal brides have traditionally been laid at the tomb, though after the wedding ceremony rather than before

Prince Albert, Duke of York, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon were married on 26 April 1923 in Westminster Abbey. Unexpectedly, Elizabeth laid her bouquet at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior on her way into the Abbey, in memory of her brother Fergus.

The Drake Jewel by Nicholas Hilliard, 1575. (Victoria & Albert Museum)

The Drake Jewel, a gift to Sir Francis Drake from Queen Elizabeth I on the completion of his circumnavigation of the globe. Nicholas Hilliard painted the miniature of the queen.

Part of The Book of Sir Thomas More, handwritten by William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare's handwritten plea for refugees to go online

(Weezie) William Shakespeare's handwritten plea for refugees to go online - Mar 2016 - Sir Thomas More script is only surviving copy of a play in the bard’s hand and is one of 300 texts being digitised in run-up to British Library exhibition

On 6th July, 1483 England's King Richard III was crowned. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty.

On July, 1483 England's King Richard III was crowned. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at the Battle of Bosworth Field was the decisive battle of the War of the Roses

Henry was paranoid about being assassinated, and travelled with a locksmith. His locks would be fitted to his bedroom where ever he stayed, and then removed when the royal party moved on, and affixed at his next resting place. This is a photo of one of his surviving locks -- "The Beddington Lock"

Henry was paranoid about being assassinated, and travelled with a locksmith…

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An engraving of Queen Elizabeth I with verses, circa By an unknown artist. The British Library.

Image of an item from the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

Detailed record for Egerton 1146 Title Book of Hours, Use of Worms, with elements of a Breviary Origin Germany, S.

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