The Epitaph is an exact and complete copy of the Bacton Epitaph. This was composed by Blanche Parry for the monument she had had ‘built’ in St. Faith's Church, Bacton, Herefordshire, and transcribed by Paul Richardson. Now securely dated to before November 1578 (probably 1576-1577), the Bacton Monument (see Gallery) is nationally important as the earliest known depiction of Queen Elizabeth I as an icon, as Gloriana. Compare this Epitaph to the Saint Margaret's Epitaph on Blanche's tomb (see biography page 136).