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King Richard III at Middleham Castle

"This King Richard was praiseworthy for his building, as at Westminster, Warwick, York, and Middleham, and many other places, which can be viewed. He founded a noble chantry in the Cathedral of York, and another at Middleham. He endowed the Queen's College at Cambridge with 500 marks annual rent. The money which was offered him by the peoples of London, Gloucester, and Worcester he declined with thanks, affirming that he would rather have their love than their treasure". - John Rous, 1486

Tournament Shield (Targe) Date: about 1450 Culture: German Medium: Wood, leather, linen, gesso, polychromy, silver Dimensions: H. 22 in. (55.88 cm) W. 16 in. (40.64 cm) Classification: Shields Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Florence Blumenthal, 1925 Accession Number: 25.26.1

Lijsbeth van Duvenvoorde, betrothal portrait, 1430.

Henry VIII to Ann Boleyn-Happy Valentines "The demonstrations of your affection are such, and the beautiful words of your letter are so cordially phrased, that they really oblige me to honour, love, and serve you for ever.... "For my part, I will out-do you, if this be possible, rather than reciprocate, in loyalty of heart and my desire to please you. "Beseeching you also that if I have in any way offended you, you will give me the same absolution for which you ask, assuring you tha...

A copy of La Saincte Bible en Francoys, translated by Jacques Lefevre d’Etaples, vol.II. Book bound for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. This copy form Antwerp was made in 1534 and was specially bound for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Crowned Tudor roses and ‘HA’ ciphers appear on the binding of both volumes together with evangelical texts in French.

This is a significant historical artifact, and also an object of striking beauty and resonance. Released from the Vatican archives for the first time, this 1530 letter - a 3ft-wide parchment with 81 wax seals attached to red silk ribbons - sent by English noblemen urged Pope Clement VII to annul Henry VIII's marriage to his first wife so the king could marry Anne Boleyn

A depiction of Isabella I of Castile, mother to Catherine of Aragon and maternal grandmother of Mary I of England. This detail is from 'The Virgin of the Catholic Monarchs' by an unknown artist, which depicts Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile.