1.  So many jewels were sown into Queen Elizabeth's clothing, that sometimes they'd fall off as she walked.

2.  Elizabeth was very proud of her long slender hands, and adored gloves, which she was frequently painted wearing.  Gloves of the era were oiled with perfumes, in Elizabeth's case, light and airy, as she didn't like them heavy or overbearing. She frequently turned her gloved hands back and forth to admire them. I used this several times as a gesture for the Queen, and of course Kat gives the queen a pair of gloves she made herself.

3.  Queen Elizabeth did not pose for many of the dozens of portraits of herself.  She simply did not have the time.  Instead, painters were given a "face pattern" and were allowed to come to the Great Wardrobe where clothes, jewelry, and fans would be laid out for the painter to meticulously paint.  Sometimes one of the Queen's ladies in waiting would pose in the ensemble.  When I read about this, I knew this would make a perfect image - Kat posing in the Queen's clothes and realizing the court life was not all it seemed.

4.  The Queen was fond of giving nicknames.  "Eyes" for Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leiscester, Frog for the Duke of Alencon, Spirit for Lord Burghley (which I transferred to Kat as it fit her perfectly).  She did have "eyes" sewn into the pattern of some of her dresses and she owned several pieces of jewelry that had had an "eye." 

5. Elizabeth was not bald in her later years, as was rumored, but graying and enjoyed wearing wigs that were the height of fashion.  And sometimes, indeed, "rats," wads of hair, were added for height.

6.  There are warrants in the records for sweet powders for the Queen's clothes and fuel for fires to keep the rooms of the Great Wardrobe aired.

7.  The following is in the warrants of June 1564 for Ipollyta the Tarletan:

We woll and comaunde you that ye deliver or cause to be delivered to oure deare and well-beloved woman Ipolita the Tartarian by hir to be taken of our guifte by vertue of this our warraunte dormaunte yearely duringe our please at the Feast of St. Michell tharangel theise parcelles of stuff folowinge viz First oone Gowne & kirtle of damaske gardid withe velvett drawne oute with sarceonett with poyntynge Ribunde Item one other gowne of cloth.  And a Kirtle of grograyne drawne out with sarceonett lyned as afore Item one peticote of red clothe or grograyne and one varthingale of mockeado . . .one clout of spanyshe nedles.

8.  The inscription on Katherine Parr's coffin reads:

K.P.
Here lyeth Quene
Katharine vith wife to Kyng
Henry the VIIIth And
after the wif of Thomas
lord of Suddeley high
Admyrall of England
And uncle to Kyng
Edward the VJ
She died
September
MCCCCC
ELVIII

9.  In the records of warrants there is an interesitng note for "oure musk cat"which  "required "a chain with a collar".  It was taken charge by Blanche Parry.  In 1562 Blanche received  among other things, a gift of a purple velvet desk embroidered with gold from the queen which I incorporated into the book.

10. In Grace's journal she tells us Thomas called her his "fair nymph."  I lifted this from a poem he wrote on the back Of Katherine Parr's volume of A Sermon of Saint Chysostome assumably for her:

Respect (written circa 1547) 

Blush not fair nymph(s)
The master of noble blood
I fain avouch it,
And of manner good
And spotless in life
Of mind sincere and sound:
In whom a world of virtues
Douth Aboundf:
And sith beside if
Ye licence give withal
Set doubts aside
And to some sporting fall:
Therefore, suspicion, I do banish thee
That casts there, thence nymph
Doth terrify
And bless
Thous will be down
I only suspicionless


Arnold, Janet, ed. Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlocked, Maney, New York 1998.

James, Susan E. Kateryn Parr: The Making of a Queen, London: Aldershot & Brookfield, 1999.

Richardson, Ruth E. Mistress Blanche: Queen Elizabeth I's Confidante. New York: Logaston P, 2007

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