"…around her the court shown like a thousand sparkling stars ... "
~Sir John Davies (1569–1626)
"Entertainment at court included such pastimes as jousting, dancing, poetry reading, dramatic performances, hunting, riding, banqueting and concerts. (The Queen) was a skilled... rider, dancer, poet and musician and admired proficiency in these areas in her courtiers. In addition to pleasure and recreation, court entertainments thus provided a means to interact with the Queen and to come to her attention..." ~National Maritime Museum