The other Elizabethan England

With an exhibition on Elizabethan society now on at London's National Portrait Gallery, Tarnya Cooper reveals what eight of the exhibits can tell us about the lives of 'ordinary' Elizabethans at home, at work and at play

A painting depicting a 16th century wedding feast. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the November 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine

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