The Bacton Altar Cloth

“Historic Royal Palaces curators have identified an intricately embroidered altar cloth as incredibly rare fragment of Elizabethan dress. The richly embroidered altar cloth, preserved for centuries in a small rural church in Bacton, Herefordshire, has recently been identified by experts as a piece of a sixteenth century dress, which may even have belonged to Queen Elizabeth I herself.

In this video Tracy Borman and Eleri Lynn, the Curator of the Dress Collection describe the significance of the find, what it was like to discover it and what we can learn about Elizabeth I’s court and society.”

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