Hoefnagel, Visit to Nonsuch

Georg Hoefnagel (1542-1600)
Palatium regium in Angliae regno appellatum Nonciutz. 1582.
Engraved by Franz Hogenberg, c1598

Elizabeth's court traveled with her when she went around the country on her progresses. This colored engraving shows her arriving at Nonsuch in a plumed coach, as she must have done on many of her visits. The palace was built by her father, Henry VIII. In August 1559, during her first summer as queen, the earl of Arundel entertained Elizabeth at Nonsuch. He arranged for magnificent banquets, as well as a masque, music of drums and flutes, and other festivities that kept the party going until 3AM.

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