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    Jansen portrait of Shakespeare

    Shakespeare's Memorial - This bust of the Bard, William Shakespeare, was commissioned by his widow and friends in 1623, just 7 years after his death. It was carved by Gerard Jansen and is considered to be a very good representation of how Shakespeare looked. The memorial overlooks his tomb in the chancel of Holy Trinity church in Stratford-upon-Avon.

    French portrait of Queen Anne Boleyn. A version of Anne's official portrait, which has been lost/destroyed. It might even have been painted by Holbein. The best known variation is the Elizabethan portrait in London's National Portrait Gallery.

    Frances Walsingham, countess of Essex, daughter to Sir Francis Walsingham, and wife to Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, and her son Robert, later the third Earl of Essex, by Robert Peake the elder, 1594.

    The first Lord de la Warr. c.1550. The British School. oil on oak. Tate. Britain.

    Giovanni Battista Moroni, Portrait of Isotta Brembati 1550's.

    Portrait of A Lady with Child. By Francois Quesnel, ca. 1585. The Weiss Gallery, London

    Sofonisba Anguissola: Self portrait (1560) - lace ruff details

    Portrait of Anna Meyer (c.1526) - Hans Holbein

    Portrait of a Woman. By Quentin Metsys, ca. 1520.

    Graffiti in a cell in the Tower of London by Fred Dawson, via Flickr

    Anglo-Saxon Cross Shaft, East Stour stone cross shaft early 10th cent East Stour,Dorset The desing is a Tree of Life based on a vine British Museum

    The earliest surviving letter of Anne Boleyn. The letter was written by a young Anne to her father, Thomas Boleyn, when she was studying abroad. Her vernacular in the letter is archaic French; Anne was trying to prove to her father the headway she was making in her studies. Signed "Anna da Boullan".

    Plan of the old Royal Palace at Eltham in Kent. Henry VIII's favourite place and his royal nursery.

    '...coat of arms of Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII. A woman's coat of arms were usually diamond shaped like this. The crown and Tudor roses show her royal status."

    Tudor Greyhound The greyhound was first adopted by Edward III as a heraldic supporter and was particularly used by his descendants in the House of Lancaster. Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty, was descended from this line, and unsurprisingly, used the greyhound as a supporter of his royal arms and a reminder of his royal lineage.

    Mary Tudor and her court jester