Fashionable Quotes: A letter to Henry VIII

“beseeching you to be [a] good lord to my lady…that she may have some raiment for she hath neither gown, not kirtle nor sleeves, nor railes, nor body stitchets, nor handkerchiefs, nor mufflers nor biggins. All this her grace must have. I have driven off as long as I can, that be my troth I can drive it no longer. Beseeching you my lord that ye will see that her grace may have that [which] is needful for her.”

-A letter from Lady Elizabeth I’s nanny to her father, King Henry VIII, begging for some clothes for the little princess.


Queen Elizabeth I, painted in 1546 by an unknown artist.