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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.

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.

The sister of Henry VIII, the lovely Mary Tudor, aged eighteen - her signature and seal - British Museum

The sister of Henry VIII, the lovely Mary Tudor, aged eighteen - her signature and seal - British Museum

elizabethanhistory: The Childhood of Queen Elizabeth I was a difficult one. Elizabeth was born 7 September 1533 at Greenwich Palace. The child of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Her much awaited birth was a huge disappointed to King Henry who longed for a male heir

elizabethanhistory: The Childhood of Queen Elizabeth I was a difficult one. Elizabeth was born 7 September 1533 at Greenwich Palace. The child of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Her much awaited birth was a huge disappointed to King Henry who longed for a male heir

A letter by Britain's Queen Elizabeth I expressing her outrage at the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots

A letter by Britain's Queen Elizabeth I expressing her outrage at the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots

Account of the coronation of Elizabeth Woodville 1465, created by William Ballard (King of Arms).

Account of the coronation of Elizabeth Woodville 1465, created by William Ballard (King of Arms).

Original parchment record of the trial of Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, for incest, adultery, and treason.

Original parchment record of the trial of Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, for incest, adultery, and treason.

Catherine of Aragon - By 1525, Henry VIII was infatuated with his mistress Anne Boleyn and dissatisfied that his marriage to Catherine had produced no surviving sons, leaving their daughter, the future Mary I of England, as heiress presumptive at a time when there was no established precedent for a woman on the throne. He sought to have their marriage annulled, setting in motion a chain of events that led to England's break with the Roman Catholic Church.

Catherine of Aragon - By 1525, Henry VIII was infatuated with his mistress Anne Boleyn and dissatisfied that his marriage to Catherine had produced no surviving sons, leaving their daughter, the future Mary I of England, as heiress presumptive at a time when there was no established precedent for a woman on the throne. He sought to have their marriage annulled, setting in motion a chain of events that led to England's break with the Roman Catholic Church.

Letter from Princess Mary to King Henry VIII, 1536.EXCERPT: 'Most humbly, obediently, and gladly lying at the feet of your most excellent majesty, my most dear and benign father and sovereign lord, I have this day perceived your gracious clemency and merciful pity to have overcome my most unkind and unnatural proceedings towards you and your most just and virtuous laws,' It is signed, 'Your grace's most humble and obedient daughter and handmaid, MARY'

Letter from Princess Mary to King Henry VIII, 1536.EXCERPT: 'Most humbly, obediently, and gladly lying at the feet of your most excellent majesty, my most dear and benign father and sovereign lord, I have this day perceived your gracious clemency and merciful pity to have overcome my most unkind and unnatural proceedings towards you and your most just and virtuous laws,' It is signed, 'Your grace's most humble and obedient daughter and handmaid, MARY'

Speech by Elizabeth I - "I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England, too."

Speech by Elizabeth I - "I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England, too."

Anne Boleyn's letter (dated 29 April 1529) to Stephen Gardiner:  link includes transcript

Anne Boleyn's letter (dated 29 April 1529) to Stephen Gardiner: link includes transcript

Henry VIII.- La journée des Eperons: Shrewsburry reçut le roi Henri VIII dans la place de Thérouanne, où il lui remit les clefs de la ville. On chargea 8 ou 9 soldats de finir d'abattre les remparts de la ville et surtout les 3 bastions fortement retranchés. Les fossés étaient par endroits surcreusés de foyers destinés à faire de la fumée pour asphyxier les assaillants. L'ambassadeur de Milan auprès de Maximilien appris qu'on s'en servirait pour incendier la ville une fois les remparts…

Henry VIII.- La journée des Eperons: Shrewsburry reçut le roi Henri VIII dans la place de Thérouanne, où il lui remit les clefs de la ville. On chargea 8 ou 9 soldats de finir d'abattre les remparts de la ville et surtout les 3 bastions fortement retranchés. Les fossés étaient par endroits surcreusés de foyers destinés à faire de la fumée pour asphyxier les assaillants. L'ambassadeur de Milan auprès de Maximilien appris qu'on s'en servirait pour incendier la ville une fois les remparts…

Elizabeth I and Queen Mary Tudor inscription reads 'Partners in throne and grave, here we sleep, sisters, in hope of the resurrection'

Elizabeth I and Queen Mary Tudor inscription reads 'Partners in throne and grave, here we sleep, sisters, in hope of the resurrection'