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Tudor History.  The story of Queen Elizabeth I's "Spymaster" Sir Francis Walsingham

Tudor History. The story of Queen Elizabeth I's "Spymaster" Sir Francis Walsingham

The "Hampden" portrait, by Steven van der Meulen, ca. 1563. This is the earliest full-length portrait of the queen, made before the emergence of symbolic portraits representing the iconography of the "Virgin Queen".  Her farthingale has not yet become the massive Cartwheel. She wears SHOULDER WIGS/ CRESCENTS, slashed sleeves, and a small ruff.

The "Hampden" portrait, by Steven van der Meulen, ca. 1563. This is the earliest full-length portrait of the queen, made before the emergence of symbolic portraits representing the iconography of the "Virgin Queen". Her farthingale has not yet become the massive Cartwheel. She wears SHOULDER WIGS/ CRESCENTS, slashed sleeves, and a small ruff.

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE ENGLISH PORTRAIT IN NEEDLEWORK DEPICTING QUEEN ELIZABETH I, CIRCA 1580 (not confirmed)

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE ENGLISH PORTRAIT IN NEEDLEWORK DEPICTING QUEEN ELIZABETH I, CIRCA 1580 (not confirmed)

A detail of Elizabeth I on her throne, from theAshbourne Charter by Nicholas Hilliard, c.1585. Property of Queen Elizabeth's Grammer School, Ashbourne.

A detail of Elizabeth I on her throne, from theAshbourne Charter by Nicholas Hilliard, c.1585. Property of Queen Elizabeth's Grammer School, Ashbourne.

Beautiful statue of Bertada of Laon - the mother of Charlemagne, the last Merovingian Queen, the wife of Pepin the Great and my 36th, 37th (x2) 38th, (x3) 39th, (x2) 40th (x2), 42nd & 43rd GGM. Buried at the Basilica of St Denis, Paris.

Beautiful statue of Bertada of Laon - the mother of Charlemagne, the last Merovingian Queen, the wife of Pepin the Great and my 36th, 37th (x2) 38th, (x3) 39th, (x2) 40th (x2), 42nd & 43rd GGM. Buried at the Basilica of St Denis, Paris.

On 9 September 1543 Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned “Queen of Scots” in the central Scottish town of Stirling. She ruled Scotland for 25 tumultuous years, ending in 1567. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations - Scotland, France, England and Ireland. Her physical beauty and kind heart were acknowledged even by her enemies.

On 9 September 1543 Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned “Queen of Scots” in the central Scottish town of Stirling. She ruled Scotland for 25 tumultuous years, ending in 1567. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations - Scotland, France, England and Ireland. Her physical beauty and kind heart were acknowledged even by her enemies.

John grey and Elizabeth Woodville. John Grey was Elizabeth Woodville's first husband, prior to her marriage to Edward IV

John grey and Elizabeth Woodville. John Grey was Elizabeth Woodville's first husband, prior to her marriage to Edward IV

Elizabeth I, the Sieve portrait by Quentin Metsys, c. 1583.  An allegorical portrait:  Elizabeth portrays a Vestal Virgin who carried water in a sieve from the Tiber to the temple of Vesta.  Her pearls are a symbol of virginity and the globe indicates her regal status.

Elizabeth I, the Sieve portrait by Quentin Metsys, c. 1583. An allegorical portrait: Elizabeth portrays a Vestal Virgin who carried water in a sieve from the Tiber to the temple of Vesta. Her pearls are a symbol of virginity and the globe indicates her regal status.

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