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Detail of a herald in a tabard of the arms of John Talbot, earl of Shrewsbury, with the arms of his wife, Margaret Beauchamp, in pretence, holding a flagpole. Origin:France, N. (Rouen) Attribution:Talbot Master British Library Collection

Mary Tudor, Henry's sister, detail from her marriage portrait to Charles Brandon, 1515 - she was considered to be one of the great beauties of Europe in her time and Henry VIII's favourite sister.

RED ROSE~~ Katherine of Valois was a wife of Henry V, mother of Henry VI. Later she was wed with Owen Tudor and became mother to Edmund, Jasper, Margaret, Catherine and Tasinda Tudor. So she was a paternal grandmother of Henry VII

Tomb effigy of Richard Neville (Warwick the Kingmaker) son of Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury and Alice - Montacute heiress. Afterwards Earl of Warwick in right of his wife Anne Beauchamp daughter of Isobel - Despenser heiress - These united Neville/Despenser/Monecute/ Beauchamp fortunes were all lost in the York/ Lancaster tussle for the throne--the Wars of the Roses.

Elizabeth Woodville: Marriage to Edward IV.And then she met Edward. The story goes that Elizabeth heard he was in the neighborhood near her castle at Grafton, so she waited for him beneath a tree now known in Northamptonshire as “the queen’s oak,” with her two sons. When he arrived she begged him to restore their lands and he was love-struck. Of course, Edward, the playboy that he was, did not actually want to marry Elizabeth and she did not want to settle for anything less. Playing hard ... Educationfrom Education

Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick

Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick. He was known as "the Kingmaker." He and his father, Richard Earl of Salisbury, were prominent members of the Yorkist faction in the early years of the Wars of the Roses. Warwick was known as the Kingmaker because first he helped Edward IV take then throne, then deposed him in favour of Henry VI, and then put Edward on the throne again. He just did whatever he thought advanced himself and his family at the time.

King Edward IV (1461-1483). House of York. 14th great-grandfather to QEII. Reign: 21 yrs, 5 mos, 18 days. He had 3 sons including Edward V and Richard Duke of York (the Princes in the Tower), 7 daughters and 4 illegitimate children. Succeeded by son Edward V.

King Henry VI (1422 - 1461) son of Henry V. He assumed royal power 1442 and sided with the party opposed to the continuation of the Hundred Years' War with France. After his marriage 1445, he was dominated by his wife, Margaret of Anjou. He was deposed 1461 in the Wars of the Roses; was captured 1465, temporarily restored 1470, but again imprisoned 1471 and then murdered. Henry was eight months old when he succeeded to the English throne.

✯ Meet Hawa Abdi. A woman who has never raised her fist in anger against another human being, but also one who could perform three C-sections on dirt-poor women, wash her hands, then go straight outside, stare down an army of gun-toting hardcore fanatical Somali militiamen, and with four words send them running for their lives on a light-speed rainbow of shame and self-loathing without even blinking. A woman once appropriately described once as “one part Mother Teresa, one part Rambo.”✯

Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1853-1920), after her marriage with prince Alfred, the second son of queen Victoria, duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and duchess of Edinburgh | Gustav Richter (1873)

The Tomb of Lady Catherine Grey (1540 - 1568) and Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford (1539-1621) Salisbury Cathedral. The younger sister of Lady Jane Grey, Catherine was a granddaughter of Henry VIII's sister Mary, and a potential successor to her cousin, Elizabeth I, but incurred Elizabeth's wrath by her secret marriage to Seymour.

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

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 her to the…

Jeanette "Jennie" Jerome (1854-1921) was one of three pretty daughters of financier Leonard Jerome and his wife Clara. She married Lord Randolph Churchill, second son of the Duke of Marlborough. She had two children, Winston Churchill, the future prime minister, and John. She had many affairs during her marriage, including with King Edward VII. After her husband died, she married a man as young as her sons, which was very shocking for the time. She subsequently married an even younger…

Margaret of Austria (10 January 1480 – 1 December 1530, aged 51) was, by her two marriages, Princess of Asturias and Duchess of Savoy, and was appointed Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands from 1507 to 1515 and again from 1519 to 1530. She had no children of her own, but raised the children of her brother Phillip and Joanna of Castile (including future Charles V and his sisters, who all became queens.)

Portrait of Captain Edward Camden: Volusia County, Florida, April 1917. "He put on his Civil War veteran's uniform and tried to register for the draft on the first day of World War I." A patriot indeed!