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    Frances Walsingham (1567-1633), Countess of Essex and Countess of Clanricarde was an English noblewoman. The daughter of Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth I's Secretary of State, she became the wife of Sir Philip Sidney at age 16. Her second husband was Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, Queen Elizabeth's favourite, with whom she had five children. Shortly after his execution in 1601 she married her lover,[1] Richard Burke, 4th Earl of Clanricarde, and went to live in Ireland.

    Queen Elizabeth I

    Believed to be Frances Walsingham, daughter of Francis Walsingham and wife of Richard Devereux, Earl of Essex

    Lettice Knollys, great-niece of Anne Boleyn, Granddaughter of Mary Boleyn Laetitia Knollys, Countess of Essex and Leicester (November 1543[1] - 25 December 1634), normally referred to as Lettice Knollys, was born in Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire. She was the mother of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, Queen Elizabeth I's famous courtier. In her second marriage, Lettice Knollys was wife to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester Elizabeth I's favorite. Elizabeth hated her for it.

    On this day in Elizabethan history, Queen Elizabeth I's maternal first cousin Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon and Lord Chamberlain of England, died in 1596 at the royal residence of Somerset House. His death came a mere week after the passing of his sister's husband, Sir Francis Knollys, and the Queen was devastated (Weir, 266).

    Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) – English queen and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. She was the last Tudor queen, and her reign included the contributions of William Shakespeare and Francis Drake.

    Elisabeth (isabella) of Valois, 1545-1568, eldest daughter of Henri II of France and his queen Catherine de' Medici. Married Philip II of Spain as his third wife at the age of 14. She had 2 surviving daughters, Isabella Clara Eugenia, Archduchess of Austria and Catherine Michelle Duchess of Savoy. Died in childbirth.

    Lady Frances Brandon daughter of Mary Tudor and mother of Lady Jane Grey. Mary married Charles Brandon after her first husband, King of France died. Before Jane in the line of succession even counting out the king's daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, Came Margaret Lennox and her boys.

    Edward VI, the last Tudor King...I've never seen this portrait.

    To protect her Kingdom from the Spanish invasion and her throne from the Catholic Church,Mary Queen of Scots,Elizabeth relied on the elaborate secret service organizations of her resourceful secretary of state Sir Francis Walsingham.Often spending his own money Walsingham employed a network of spies at foreign courts which kept him informed of any threats to his sovereign. It was Walsingham who uncovered Anthony Babington’s plot against the Queens life in 1586...

    Wedding of Maria de Medici and Henry IV of France - By Jacopo Chimenti - 1600 - From Uffizi Gallery

    Margaret of Anjou (1430 –1482) - wife of Henry VI; a key figure in the Wars of the Roses & at times personally led the Lancastrians. She lost her son Edward, Prince of Wales, at the Battle of Tewkesbury.

    Queen Elizabeth

    Elizabeth I's Coronation Portrait by an unknown artist. On January 15, 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen by Owen Oglethorpe, bishop of Carlisle at Westminster Abbey, a little less than two months after the death of Mary I.

    Feb 12, 1554 Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for thirteen days, is beheaded on Tower Hill. She was barely 17 years old.

    Working class Tudor dress

    Margaret Stewart (1424 – 1445) was a Princess of Scotland and the Dauphine of France. She was the firstborn child of King James I of Scotland and Queen Joan Beaufort. She married the eldest son of the king of France, Louis, 9th Dauphin, at eleven years old. Their marriage was unhappy, and she died childless at age 20, apparently of a fever.

    Elizabeth of York (1466-1503) Her marriage to Henry Tudor, in 1486, unified the previously opposed families of York and Lancaster, creating a period of peace and prosperity. She was known for being gentle and kind to her subjects and to have enjoyed music and dancing. Their union produced seven children including Henry VIII. Henry VII deeply mourned the death of his wife following the birth of their last child Katherine in 1501.

    MARGARET BEAUFORT(May 31, 1443-June 29,1509) Margaret Beaufort was the daughter of John Beaufort, duke of Somerset (1403-1444) and Margaret Beauchamp and married Edmund Tudor, earl of Richmond (1430-1456) in 1455. She gave birth to the future Henry VII when she was fourteen. He was her only child, although she married twice more, to Henry Stafford (d. 1471) and then to Thomas Stanley, earl of Derby (1435-1504).

    James V, King of Scotland, Son of Margaret Tudor, father of Mary, Queen of Scots, nephew of Henry VIII