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Elizabeth 1's portraits and image
  • This is the fourteenth in a series of lessons I have created on the Tudors. The aim of this lesson to find out about the hidden messages in Elizabeth I’s portrait paintings.

  • Students learn about how Elizabeth manipulated her portraits and added symbols, each of which had a hidden meaning.

  • The introduction to the lesson looks at anachronisms and modern day symbols put into portraits to get the students thinking how pictures should not always be seen and taken at face value.

  • Students are then given information about each of her paintings and have to analyse and evaluate their meanings and various symbolic codes.

  • If you like this resource, please click on the link where I have created a bundle of resources on the Tudors: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-tudors-complete-bundle-11945066

  • Please review this lesson and receive a free Tudor key word History Display worth £3 which can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/tudor-key-word-history-display-11653246

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Created: Jan 15, 2017

Updated: Feb 16, 2019

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