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Princess Elizabeth’s, later Queen Elizabeth I, letter to her sister Queen Mary I. Written just before she was taken to the Tower.

Queen Elizabeth I at St Dunstans-in-the-West The only statue of Queen Elizabeth I known to have been carved during her lifetime. The statue which dates from 1586 originally stood in Ludgate.

Elizabeth Cooke, daughter of Anthony Cooke, tutor to Edward VI, sister of Mildred Cook, Lady Burghley, and Anne Cooke, Lady Bacon was a highly influential member of Elizabeth I's court.

Thomas Seymour was reported to have paid morning visits to Elizabeth, in her bedchamber before she was dressed. There was romping, laughing and giggling. No one knows how far these romps went. Seymour was reported to have extended this 'playfulness' in the presence of his wife and the servants. Elizabeth denied any scandal or bad behaviour. But things had gone too far and in 1548 Elizabeth left Katherine Parr's household under questionable circumstances.

18 Oct 1555 Elizabeth allowed to go to Hatfield... Elizabeth finally received permission from her half-sister, Mary I, to leave court and travel to her own estate at Hatfield, rather than return to house arrest in Woodstock Elizabeth had been treated with suspicion by Mary and her council since Wyatt’s Revolt in early 1554.

19-Jun 1566 James VI/I born... James was the only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. Both Mary and Darnley were great-grandchildren of Henry VII of England through Margaret Tudor, the older sister of Henry VIII. James was born at Edinburgh Castle, and as the eldest son automatically became Duke of Rothesay and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland. He was baptised "Charles James" on 17 December 1566 in a Catholic ceremony

HENRY STEWART, LORD DARNLEY BORN: 1546 MURDERED: 10 FEBRUARY 1567 Through the children of Margaret Tudor's second marriage, Darnley was heir to the throne of Scotland after Mary Queen of Scots (his cousin), whom he married in 1565. Implicated in the murder of David Rizzio. Father of James VI/I. Murdered at Kirk o' the Field.

In 1591 Raleigh was secretly married to Elizabeth "Bess" Throckmorton (or Throgmorton). She was one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, 11 years his junior, and was pregnant at the time. She gave birth to a son, believed to be named Damerei, who was given to a wet nurse at Durham House, but died in October 1592 of plague. Bess resumed her duties to the queen. The following year, the unauthorised marriage was discovered and the Queen ordered Raleigh to be imprisoned and Bess dismissed from…

Alfonso II d'Este Duke of Ferrara, Modena, and Reggio Spouse(s) Lucrezia di Cosimo de' Medici, Barbara of Austria, Margherita Gonzaga Noble family House of Este Father Ercole II d'Este Mother Renée of France Born 22 November 1533 Died 27 October 1597 (aged 63) Ferrara

Catherine Parr was aged around thirty-six when she died and had just given birth to her first child, a little girl called Mary. The birth seems to have been straightforward and the baby was healthy, but within a few days of the birth, Catherine had contracted the infection which was also responsible for Queen Jane Seymour’s death, the dreaded childbed fever.

In 1995, the effigy of Queen Elizabeth residing in Westminster Abbey was unclothed for study and repair to the garments worn by the queen the week before her death, in which the effigy was dressed

Henry II King of France Reign 31 March 1547 – 10 July 1559 Coronation 25 July 1547 Predecessor Francis I Successor Francis II Spouse Catherine de' Medici Issue Francis II, Elisabeth, Queen of Spain, Louis of Valois, Claude, of Lorraine, Charles IX of France, Henry III of France, Margaret, Queen of France, Francis, of Anjou House House of Valois-Angoulême Father Francis I of France Mother Claude, Duchess of Brittany Born 31 March 1519 Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Died 10 July 1559 (aged…