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Sir Philip Sidney by an unknown artist 1554 - 1589 Sir Philip Sidney by an unknown artist - National Portrait Gallery, London -- Son of Henry Sidney and brother of Mary Sidney. Famous poet after his death (as all were published posthumously). Died of wounds in battle. Married Frances, daughter of Francis Walsingham.

Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (1534?-1601) was an English statesman who played a prominent role in the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots. Herbert was the son of Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Countess Anne Parr. He served as president of Wales in 1586. In 1577, Herbert married Mary Sidney, the sister of poet Sir Philip Sidney. As the Countess of Pembroke, Mary Herbert was an important patroness of the arts and an author in her own right.

Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester (19 November 1563 – 13 July 1626), second son of Sir Henry Sidney, was a statesman of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. He was also a patron of the arts and an interesting poet. His mother, Mary Sidney née Dudley, was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I and a sister of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, an advisor and favourite of the Queen.

Frances Walsingham (1567-1633) Daughter of Elizabeth's spymaster, Sir Francis. Married Sir Philip Sidney, and after his death in battle, married the Earl of Essex (a cousin of the queen). After the earl's execution, she married the Earl of St. Albans and Clanricarde. One of her daughters by Essex married the duke of Somerset, a descendant of Mary Rose Tudor through the Grey family.

Following the death of her youngest sister, Ambrosia Sidney, in 1575, The Countess of Pembroke was summoned to London to attend Queen Elizabeth I. In 1577, her mother's brother, Robert Dudley, helped Sir Henry Sidney to arrange her marriage to their close ally, Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, then in his mid-forties.

On this day (April 8th) in 1580, William Herbert was born to Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke and Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke. William Herbert would become the 3rd Earl of Pembroke and a patron of the arts and education. He also carried on a scandalous affair with his cousin, Lady Mary Wroth, among others! The First Folio of Shakespeare's works was dedicated to William Herbert and his brother, Philip. IMAGE: Portrait of William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, by Daniel Mytens

Portrait Miniature of Frances Walsingham (1567-1633), Countess of Essex, daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham, and widow of 1st) Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex (ex.1601), and 2nd) Sir Philip Sidney (d.1586). Portrait by Isaac Oliver.

Frances Walsingham, daughter of Queen Elizabeth's spymaster. Widow of Sir Philip Sidney and the Earl of Essex, she made a 3rd marriage with the Earl of Clanricarde. The boy is her son Robert Devereux, later 3rd Earl of Essex.

Sir Walter Ralegh, 1602 (Unknown Artist) National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 3914

Elizabeth of Valois - eldest daughter of Henry II of France & Catherine de' Medici. Her father insisted she share her bedroom w/ her future sister-in-law, Mary, Queen of Scots. She had to give precedence to Mary – a crowned queen. The two would remain close friends the rest of their lives. Though her sister Margaret & Mary were prettier, she was still considered attractive. She married Philip II of Spain, widower of Mary I of England and suitor to her sister, Elizabeth I.

Mary Tudor Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VII. Detail of Mary from a manuscript depicting Mary and her first husband, the aged Louis XII of France. Mary (1496-1533) married Louis in October 1514; the marriage was brief as Louis died the following January

Thomas Seymour, brother of Jane (third wife of Henry VIII), uncle of Edward VI, married Catherine Parr (Henry's sixth wife) shortly after Henry's death

Margaret Tudor, Queen Consort of Scotland, daughter of Henry VII, sister of Henry VIII, grandmother of Mary Queen of Scots

Letter from Princess Mary to Jane Seymour, 1536 A letter from Princess Mary (Henry VIII’s daughter) to her stepmother Jane Seymour (third wife of Henry VIII). Dates to 1536, the year of Jane’s marriage to the king and when Mary and her father reconciled after she initially refused to recognise his first annulment, her illegitimate state and his position as head of the Church of England. Within the letter Mary thanks Jane for her aid and asks her to continue to speak well of ...

Armorial Book Cover belonging to Lady Rachel Fane, Countess of Bath, daughter of Sir Francis Fane, Earl of Westmorland

Ursula St Barbe was a lady at the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England. The daughter of Henry St Barbe from Somerset, she first married Sir Richard Worsley, who was the captain of the Isle of Wight. Died: 1602 Spouse: Francis Walsingham (m. 1566–1590) Children: Frances Walsingham People also search for: Francis Walsingham