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The amazing & sometimes ridiculous Ruff of 1500-1600s Europe

A portrait of Henri de Lorraine, Duc d'Guise.

Marguerite de France, Marguerite de Valois, (1553-1615), Queen of France at the age of 19 by Francois Clouet

Margaret of France (French: Marguerite de France or Marguerite de Valois, 1553 – 1615) was Queen of France and of Navarre during the late sixteenth century. A royal princess of France by birth, she was the last of the House of Valois.,Daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and of Queen Elizabeth of Spain. Queen of 2 countries, for she had married King Henry III of Navarre who became King Henry IV of France.

Marguerite de Valois with her brother Hercule Francois (right), the Valois Tapestries (Musée de Offices à Florence) | Grand Ladies | gogm

BEAUTIFUL DETAIL OF 16TH CENTURY DOCUMENT THAT DESCRIBES THE EVENTS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH I'S CORONATION. PRESERVED BEAUTIFULLY. WOW.

A colored drawing of Katherine of Aragon.

Elisabeth de Valois,c.1560s by Anthonis Mor - now that's what you call slashed sleeves

MARGUERITE DE VALOIS (1553-1615) - Queen of Navarre 1572 and Queen of France 1589 - married to HENRI IV DE BOURBON - daughter of HENRI II DE VALOIS & CATHERINE DE MEDICI

Elizabeth I- proved that she did not need a man by her side to rule.

Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and half-sister to Mary I. The painting is attributed to William Scrots and was painted in the last years of Henry’s reign. This was painted at a time when Elizabeth and her sister enjoyed a friendly relationship, prior the days when it would become incredibly strained on grounds of religion and politics (and to some degree parentage).

Isaac Oliver "Queen Elizabeth I : The Rainbow Portrait" 1600