A portrait of Robert Radcliffe one of Elizabeth I's courtiers

Robert Radcliffe, Earl of Sussex

Dates from 1593 | Object number: I.36

Robert Radcliffe became Earl of Sussex in 1593. This portrait was probably painted to commemorate his first appearance in a tournament at Windsor the same year. Radcliffe took part in many jousts at Elizabeth’s court from 1594 to 1602.

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Elizabethan armours

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The last cast-iron British smoothbore cannon, the 68 pounder, was 8 inches (203 mm), the same calibre as the heaviest guns of King Henry VIII three hundred years earlier. Their performance was probably not very different either!