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Elizabeth I built up 16th century England into a world power and created the foundation for a historic age of culture. Montblanc honours surely the most famous female monarch of Great Britain with an edition consisting of two fountain pens of the very finest quality: the “Limited Edition Patron of Art Elizabeth I” is limited to 4810 fountain pens and in an even finer edition limited to 888 writing instruments.

The brilliant lacquer of both writing instruments is modelled on the royal garments of Elizabeth I. With the Tudor rose and the cross of the British Crown, the royal insignia put their stamp on the cap, which is crowned with a green cabochon on the clip. In addition the words “Video et taceo” engraved on the cap ring recall the supreme principle of Elizabeth I’s government.

At the same time there are also traces of Elizabeth I’s childhood days to be found: the fine engravings on the gold-plated fittings recall the artistic embroidery of the book “The Glass of the Sinful Soul” – the book that Elizabeth I designed herself at the age of eleven. This extraordinary edition is completed with the ivory-coloured Montblanc emblem on the cap head and the royal crown engraved on the 18 K gold nib.

Limited Edition 4810

Launch: March 2010
Limitation: 4.810 Fountain Pens

Characteristics:
• Body and cap in black precious resin with gold-plated inlay, the cap ring is decorated with a Tudor rose
• Gold-plated rings and fittings with ornaments recalling the binding of the book "The Glass of the Sinful Soul".
• Yellow-gold-plated clip set with a synthetic green garnet
• Hand-crafted 18K yellow gold nib with engraved royal crown motif

Limited Edition 888

Launch: May 2010
Limitation: 888 Fountain Pens

Characteristics:
• Body and cap in solid 750 rose gold, coated with crimson transparent lacquer and decorated with the Tudor rose
• Body and cap, even underneath the transparent lacquer, decorated with ornaments recalling the binding of the book “The Glass of the Sinful Soul”.
• Rose-gold-plated clip with a princess-cut green garnet (~0.21 ct.)

About

Elizabeth I, born in 1533, was the fifth and last member of the Tudor Dynasty, and ruled over England from 1558 to 1603. The reign of Elizabeth I, which lasted over 40 years, entered history as an “Elizabethan golden age”. Both art and culture in Britain achieved new heights under Elizabeth I: the composer John Dowland set new standards in music with his madrigals and lute compositions, Francis Bacon became the founding father of empiricism with his philosophical writings.

Above all, however, it was drama that flourished under Elizabeth I, who even created her own theatre ensemble, “Queen Elizabeth’s Men”. To bring art and culture closer to the common people, Elizabeth I regularly sent this ensemble on guest tours through the towns and villages of England. In this way, she turned the art of drama into a cultural spectacle that drew the whole of Britain under its spell.

The outstanding figure of Elizabethan drama, the playwright William Shakespeare, was one of the declared favourites of the theatre-loving Queen – at the first performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “A Comedy of Errors”, she sat among her people in the audience. When Elizabeth I died in 1603, although she did not leave any physical heir to the throne, she left a new England with a prosperous economy and a flourishing cultural life, ready to take its place as an empire that would span the world.

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Elizabeth I built up 16th century England into a world power and created the foundation for a historic age of culture. Montblanc honours surely the most famous female monarch of Great Britain with an edition consisting of two fountain pens of the very finest quality: the “Limited Edition Patron of Art Elizabeth I” is limited to 4810 fountain pens and in an even finer edition limited to 888 writing instruments.

The brilliant lacquer of both writing instruments is modelled on the royal garments of Elizabeth I. With the Tudor rose and the cross of the British Crown, the royal insignia put their stamp on the cap, which is crowned with a green cabochon on the clip. In addition the words “Video et taceo” engraved on the cap ring recall the supreme principle of Elizabeth I’s government.

At the same time there are also traces of Elizabeth I’s childhood days to be found: the fine engravings on the gold-plated fittings recall the artistic embroidery of the book “The Glass of the Sinful Soul” – the book that Elizabeth I designed herself at the age of eleven. This extraordinary edition is completed with the ivory-coloured Montblanc emblem on the cap head and the royal crown engraved on the 18 K gold nib.

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