Top Ten Portraits of Elizabeth I, and Why She Was Ahead of Her Time

#10     Elizabeth I playing the lute, by Nicholas Hilliard

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Setting the pace for rocking string instruments and hopeless relationships.  Eat your heart out, Taylor Swift.


#9     The Pelican Portrait, attributed to Nicholas Hilliard


Beating clothes horse Joan Crawford (mommy dearest) to the fashion punch on shoulder pads by several centuries.


#8     The Ermine Portrait, by Nicholas Hilliard


More badass than Ernest Borgnine when it came to vermin crawling around.


#7     The Ditchley Portrait, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

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Proving Shakira wrong on hips and their credibility, and in a big way.


#6     The Hardwick Portrait, by Nicholas Hilliard and his workshop

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Posing with sea creatures before posing with sea creatures was cool.


#5     The Coronation Portrait, unknown artist

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Not waiting for permission from Teddy Roosevelt to start packing.


#4     Portrait of Elizabeth I with a fan, by an unknown artist


Way out in front of Cher on feathers and flowing headdresses, not to mention going by first name only.


#3     Elizabeth I – Older, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

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Proudly looking one’s age long before Helen Mirren even being of age.


#2     Princess Elizabeth, by William Scrots

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Knowing well in advance of the Big 80s that nothing is sweeter than redhead-in-a-pink-dress sweet.


#1    The Rainbow Portrait, by Isaac Oliver

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Not waiting for the advent of college football and Peyton Manning to ‘Go Big Orange.’


Six of One: A Tudor Riff is going to be a big sister!

Six of One:  A Tudor Riff was originally conceived as a stand-alone work.  After two years, the idea for a sequel unexpectedly came along. Seven Will Out:  A Renaissance Revel is due out in Fall, 2015.

Six of One is a comic, alternate-universe, chick-lit spin on the story of Henry VIII and his six wives.  Seven Will Out takes the story to the next generations of Tudors and features Elizabeth I, ‘Bloody’ Mary, Mary Queen of Scots, and Bess of Hardwick, to name a few.

Six of One is available in paperback or e-book on Amazon.



JoAnn Spears

Six of One: A Tudor Riff is going to be a big sister!