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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.

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.

A portrait of Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex, by an artist of the Anglo-Netherlands School, circa 1570-75. Sidney Sussex School.

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

Lettice Knollys was the daughter of Henry Knollys and Margaret Cave. She married William Paget, 4th Lord Paget (of Beaudesert), son of Thomas Paget, 3rd Lord Paget (of Beaudesert) and Nazareth Newton, before 19 June 1602. She died in 1655. She was buried at West Drayton, London, England. Her will was probated on 14 June 1655.

Lady Mary Brandon was born in 1510. She was the daughter of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Anne Browne. She married Sir Thomas Stanley, 2nd Lord Monteagle, son of Sir Edward Stanley, 1st Lord Monteagle, and Elizabeth Vaughan, between 1527 and 1529. She died between 1540 and 1544.

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