Even her supporters believed her position dangerous and uncertain.Her only hope, they counseled, was to marry quickly and lean upon her husband for support. She ruled alone for nearly half a century, lending her name to a glorious epoch in world history. Her sense of duty was admirable, though it came at great personal cost.In her greatest speech to Parliament, she told them, 'I count the glory of my crown that I have reigned with your love.' Five centuries later, the worldwide love affair with Elizabeth Tudor continues.Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I abound, particularly from the later years of her reign.Often when a merchant wrote his will he left his business to his wife - because she would be able to run it.
Rich men wore materials such as cotton, satin and velvet, while the poorer classes made do with flannel or other cheap fabrics.
Most men could not run a farm or a business without their wife's help.
However most women were housewives and they were kept very busy.
Sometimes, ruffles were incorporated into fancier versions.
This piece of clothing is similar to a vest, but with cap sleeves or wings.