Holdenby House, Northampton, Northamptonshire. Built in 1583 by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor & favourite of Elizabeth I - the largest private house in Elizabethan England - with 123 huge glass windows around two courtyards, specifically to honour his beloved Elizabeth. Hatton refused to live in the house prior to the Queen's first visit. In 1709 it was bought by the Duke of Marlborough, since when it has descended down the female line to the Lowther family.
Queen Elizabeth I, the second daughter of King Henry VIII, was born in 1533 and died in 1603. Henry VIII was disappointed when Anne Boleyn birthed a daughter instead of a son to be heir to his throne. However, Queen Elizabeth I would later be considered the greatest English ruler in history. Art, music, and literature flourished under her reign. Click the image above to learn more.