Elizabeth was born in 1533, the child of Henry VIII.When she was three years old, her mother Anne Boleyn was executed, and Elizabeth was considered illegitimate.As princess, she survived a scandal that involved Thomas Seymour, the husband of her stepmother, Katherine Parr.She was imprisoned by her half-sister Mary of Tudor and accused of being involved with the Protestant rebellion. She surrounded herself with loyal and intelligent advisors, but was never dominated by them.Sotheby's said no other work comparable in size and decoration had ever appeared on the market before.Two metres in height, the immense portrait bore the full force of Tudor symbolism which reflected the Queen's ripeness for marriage.
However, weddings and the institution of marriage have changed dramatically since ancient times.
There were rules which governed Medieval Courtly Love but sometimes the parties, who started their relationship with such elements of Medieval Courtly Love, would become deeply involved.
A famous example of a relationship which was stirred by romantic Medieval Courtly Love and romance is described in the Legend of King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table, where his Queen, Guinevere fell in love with Sir Lancelot.
The romance, rules and art of Medieval Courtly Love allowed knights and ladies to show their admiration regardless of their marital state.
It was a common occurrence for a married lady to give a token to a knight of her choice to be worn during a Medieval tournament.