Sir Christopher Hatton(circa 1540-1591), Lord Chancellor
Sitter in 11 portraits
Courtier and politician, Hatton is said to have attracted the attention of Queen Elizabeth I at a masque. He enjoyed a meteoric rise to power, eventually becoming Lord Chancellor in 1587. He was made a Knight of the Garter and Chancellor of the University of Oxford the following year. Displaced to some extent in the queen's affections by Sir Walter Ralegh, Hatton nevertheless developed a lasting friendship with Elizabeth, who visited him on his deathbed.
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