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Those Crazy Tudors!

Yep, I'm nuts about those crazy Tudors! This is my favorite period of history - the fashions, the characters, the places, I love it all!

This very rare image of the ‘nine day Queen’ by Lucas de Heere was owned by Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough. Lady Jane is shown as a girl in her family home of Bradgate, in Leicestershire, before her ascension to the throne. Caught up in the scheming of various factions at court, the teenaged Lady Jane was used as a puppet to block the claims of the Catholic Mary Tudor. Ousted from the throne, Lady Jane was executed at the Tower of London in 1554.

Lady Jane Grey portrait » Spencer of Althorp

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Tudor Christmas music. Love it!

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Hans Memling, Maria Portinari, c. 1470 (Detail)

Slap-soled shoes belonging to Frances Walsingham, lady in waiting to Elizabeth I, and daughter of her spymaster, Francis Walsingham. Though the shoes belong to a Canadian collector, they are considered so important to British history that they have to be returned to England

The actual coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth I. It is amazing it survived the English Civil War and Cromwell's wrath. Most of Elizabeth's royal jewels and regalia were melted down or destroyed.

  • Bethanie Marie

    This is not the actual gown, but a reproduction made by Cosprop for the film 'Elizabeth' starring Cate Blanchette. You'll find that the costumes from British films and television dramas since the 80s are the most authentic. There are rare textiles from that period left today - you might find a handful at the Victoria & Albert in London, or the Kyoto Costume Institute.

crown of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII and mother of Mary I, inside the Duomo Treasury in Palermo

Coif and headpiece made by Anne Boleyn by That Boleyn Girl, via Flickr

Anne Boleyn room at hever castle | View from Anne Boleyn's bedroom Hever Castle

Hever Castle, the Boleyn home. However, Anne Boleyn was probably born in Blickling Hall Norfolk, as Hever was acquired after her birth.

Hever Castle, Kent, England / 13th century moated castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second queen consort of King Henry VIII of England, spent her early youth there, after her father, Thomas Boleyn had inherited it in 1505.

The chapel at Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn

the lock of greying red hair preserved at Wilton, Queen Elizabeth I is said to have given to Philip Sidney in 1572 when she was thirty-nine

Known historically as 'Juana la loca', Juana of Castile, sister to Catherine of Aragon (first wife of Henry VIII). She became Queen regnant of Castile upon the death of her mother Isabella I. Her father & husband more than likely conspired to have her declared insane (thus unfit to rule) due to her flair for dramatic outburts. Upon the death of her husband, she went into lifetime mourning, locked in a tower by her son for the rest of her life (still being the Queen of Castile until her death).

Maids of Honour - Old English Tudor Cheesecakes. SO good

Maids of Honour - Old English Tudor Cheesecakes