This portrait of Vlad Tepes, painted in the early 16th century, hangs in the museum at Castle Ambras in Innsbruck, Austria.

This portrait of Vlad Tepes, painted in the early 16th century, hangs in the museum at Castle Ambras in Innsbruck, Austria.

On 9 September 1543 Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned “Queen of Scots” in the central Scottish town of Stirling. She ruled Scotland for 25 tumultuous years, ending in 1567. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations - Scotland, France, England and Ireland. Her physical beauty and kind heart were acknowledged even by her enemies.

On 9 September 1543 Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned “Queen of Scots” in the central Scottish town of Stirling. She ruled Scotland for 25 tumultuous years, ending in 1567. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations - Scotland, France, England and Ireland. Her physical beauty and kind heart were acknowledged even by her enemies.

Portrait of Elizabeth I (1533-1603) c.1575-80 (oil on panel), English School, (16th century) / National Portrait Gallery, London, UK / The B...

Portrait of Elizabeth I (1533-1603) c.1575-80 (oil on panel), English School, (16th century) / National Portrait Gallery, London, UK / The B...

Portrait of Cesare Borgia by Altobello Melone c. 1510. If only I could find a good biography on him, I'd love to teach a brief class on the Borgis.

Portrait of Cesare Borgia by Altobello Melone c. 1510. If only I could find a good biography on him, I'd love to teach a brief class on the Borgis.

Vlad Tepes ... also known as "Vlad the Impaler" and "Vlad Dracul" (15th century Romania)

Vlad Tepes ... also known as "Vlad the Impaler" and "Vlad Dracul" (15th century Romania)

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