A 15th Century illustration of the Tower of London, from a manuscript of poems held in the British Library.
This is the conclusion of my article on the journal of the travels of Frederick, Duke of Württember in England. For the first part please see the entry posted on 8th February 2016.
The duke was given an audience with Elizabeth I, and here we come to the reason for Shakespeare satirising him in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Frederick set his heart on the honour of Knight of the Garter, and positively nagged the queen for the appointment. She eventually admitted him to the order in 1597 but it just happened to slip her mind to tell the duke about it (funny, that) and he learnt of the honour too late to attend his investiture.
Her Majesty was at that time in a somewhat mean room, surrounded by her…
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