PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.
When Elizabeth is conferring with her advisors about the impending arrival of the Spanish Armada in the large room whose floor is a map (@1:21) on the floor is the Burghley Nef (a partly-gilt salt cellar resembling a late medieval ship sitting atop the back of mermaid who rests on a hexagonal base of rippling waves with six ball-and-claw feet). The Burghley Nef was made in Paris in 1527-28 and rediscovered in Burghley House (home of Lord William Cecil) in 1956.
Title Card: Spain is the most powerful empire in the world. Philip of Spain, a devout Catholic, has plunged Europe into holy war. Only England stands against him, ruled by a Protestant Queen.
Elizabeth's sidesaddle is shown to have two horns, or "pommels." Sidesaddles of this time had only one pommel, the upper, which held the right leg in place. The lower pommel, which wraps over the left leg, is called a "leaping pommel," and was not invented until the 1830s.
English, Spanish, Swedish
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