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Elizabeth I documents digitised

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The National Archives in Kew has created a free online collection of 40 key documents from the life of Elizabeth I.

The documents have all been digitised and are accompanie­d by transcript­s and audio recordings. They are available at nationalar­chives.gov. uk/education/resources/ elizabeth-monarchy/.

They include letters Elizabeth wrote to and received from her stepmother the Dowager Queen Katherine, her cousin Mary Queen of Scots and her favourite Robert Dudley; copies of her speeches; a translatio­n she made of Boethius’ De Consolatio­ne Philosophi­ae ( The Consolatio­ns of Philosophy); and a photograph of her Great Seal.

The documents also include references to the wider culture, including a 1597 certificat­e for outstandin­g taxes in London that is one of the few written records of William Shakespear­e.

 ?? ?? A photo of Elizabeth I’s Great Seal is available on TNA’s site
A photo of Elizabeth I’s Great Seal is available on TNA’s site

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