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Portrait of the Day: Elizabeth I

Past event archive
2 November 2019, 12:30

Room 2


  • Talks and Lectures

Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown continental artist
circa 1575
NPG 2082

Conflict in the Commons In the mid-twentieth century historian J.E. Neale theorised that the rise of the Commons, which ultimately triggered the English Civil War, originated in the reign of Elizabeth I. Join us as we look at some of the major conflicts in Elizabeth’s reign - religion, succession, execution and treason - and the Commons’ reaction to them, to try to assess how true Neale’s thesis is. Did the Commons really rise against Elizabeth, or was someone else pulling the strings?

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.