"I suppose few that be no professors have read more."
Elizabeth had an excellent education. She read many different types of books in English and other languages.
Elizabeth often received gifts of books from her subjects. The citizens of London gave her a Bible on the day before her coronation in January 1559.
The Bible at right is known as the Bishops' Bible. It was printed in England and dedicated to Elizabeth. Her engraved portrait is on its title page. Nearly 200 printed books were dedicated to Elizabeth during her lifetime.
The Elizabethan period is known for its wonderful art and literature. Queen Elizabeth's peaceful reign made it possible for artists to focus on their work.