Skip to comments.Elizabeth I dress: Altar cloth may be Queen's gown
Posted on 05/21/2016 4:37:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The fabric at St Faith's Church in Bacton has been identified by experts as a piece of a 16th Century dress.
An examination by Historic Royal Palaces curators has strengthened a theory it formed part of a court dress.
The Queen is depicted in the Rainbow Portrait wearing a similar fabric, but no documentary evidence has been found to suggest the dress was worn by her.
Historians believe the monarch could have gifted the garment to one of her servants, Blanche Parry.
Dating back to the last decades of the 16th Century, the altar cloth that hung in a glass case at St Faith's Church has long been associated with Parry, who was born in Bacton.
It is made from cloth of silver; a high status fabric which Tudor sumptuary law dictated could only be worn by royalty or the highest echelons of the aristocracy.
Historic Royal Palaces joint chief curator Tracy Borman said: "This is an incredible find. Items of Tudor dress are exceptionally rare in any case, but to uncover one with such a close personal link to Queen Elizabeth I is almost unheard of.
"We're thrilled to be working with St Faith's Church to conserve this remarkable object, which will now be further examined by our conservation experts at Hampton Court Palace where we hope to be able to display it in future."
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Remnants of a dress belonging to Queen Elizabeth I may have been found in an altar cloth in Herefordshire.
Waste not want not.
"They build as if they should live forever, and live as if they should die tomorrow." -- I forget who, in reference to the Elizabethan court
That is gorgeous fabric-—all hand work. Stunning.
Maths on a similar subject;
See what can be done when your nose isn’t stuck in a phone or taking selfies.
you can embroider your self blind
when I was in the Philippines napkins and table cloths with such work were available cheap. It was said the women on some unnamed (or unremembered island) were blind at an early age because of the work in poor light
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