Gemstone brooch of Catherine Howard. Lovestruck with his very young bride, Henry VIII spent more money on jewels and gifts for her than on any of his other four wives. The French ambassador wrote: "the King is so amorous of her that he cannot treat her [Catherine] well enough, and caresses her more than he did the others." In return, Catherine was caring and affectionate to her much older husband. Initially, Henry refused to believe that Catherine was guilty of any indiscretions.
Anne Boleyn's arms 'are among the most complex ever devised and reflect the king's desire to enhance the status of his new wife. The design incorporates the arms of several English and French noble families, and a motif of interlocking initials, H and A.'
Lettice Knollys, Countess of Essex (1st husband Walter Devereaux), then Countess of Leicester (2nd husband Robert Dudley). The marriage of her cousin to her favorite so enraged the Queen she banished then both from court, relenting only for Dudley, her favorite. Lettice she ever referred to as the 'she-wolf'.
Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) 'Elizabeth' 1998. Costume designed by Alexandra Byrne.
Sir Christopher Hatton (Laurence Fox), Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) & Sir Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' 2007. Costumes designed by Alexandra Byrne.
Bess Throckmorton (Abbie Cornish) & Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' 2007. Costumes designed by Alexandra Byrne.
Tudor Rose - symbolised the dynasty of the Tudors, and represented the fusion of the Lancastrian and Yorkist noble factions. This fusion was symbolised by the White rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster. An important emblem of the Tudors dynasty which marked the end of the devastating English civil war called the Cousins' Wars and much later, Wars of the Roses.
16th c. The Red dress of a Lady of Pisan court can be seen in Moda a Firenze and was found on a wooden effigy at San Matteo convent, seen in pictures 2 and 3. It had been said to belong to Eleanora d'Toledo as it is very similar in construction technique and style. Recently it has been suggested that it did not belong to Eleanora but belonged to an unknown Lady of the Court of Pisa (
Catherine Parr's hair! The paper reads "Hair of Queen Catherine Parr, Last Consort of Henry, the night she dyed September 5th 1548"