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Circa 1578, Alice Brandon, (1556-1608) wife of artist Nicholas Hilliard, (1547-1618) who painted this miniature.

Hilliard, Nicholas (1547-1619) Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England. Miniature from her Small Prayer Book, written by the Queen herself.

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Lettice Knollys, by Nicholas Hilliard

Lettice Knollys, by Nicholas Hilliard

"Here lyeth the bodye of Eden Baker late wife of John Baker of Eglesden & daughter to Thomas Truelove and Ales his wife who for her wisdome vertue and modesty the like has seldome bene sene. She deceased the XXlll day of April 1598 beinge of ye age of 23 yere"

Catherine Parr was Henry's 6th and last wife. Luckily he didn't live long enough to tire of her, though she had a couple of close calls... She survived to marry her sweetheart Thomas Seymour, but died in childbirth soon after.

(Isabella I of Castile, mother to Katherine of Aragon and maternal grandmother of Mary I of England. Detail from The Virgin of the Catholic Monarchs by an unknown artist which depicts Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile).

Evelyn Nesbit, the beautiful artists' model and chorus girl over whom famed architect Stanford White lost his life. KA

Suffragette, Britain, 1911. Women of Britain the U.S., never waste your right to vote. These women fought, died and starved for a right we now take for granted. It's a right still denied to millions of women around the world.

1555-60 Angnolo Bronzino, Agnolo di Cosimo, (Italian Mannerist artist, 1503-1572) Laura Battiferri, a poetess, wife of Bartolomeo Ammanati the sculptor.

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This Is What British People Used To Dress Like

Mimi Joshua-Olushoga, London, 1971

A Miniature of Anne of Cleves - Anne of Cleves was the 4th wife of Henry VIII, and was born in 1515 in Dusseldorf in the Duchy of Cleves. At the age of 12 she was betrothed to Frances son of the Duke of Lorraine but the marriage did not take place. She received no formal education but learnt needlework and music. Her family were Lutheran and she became a suitable match in Thomas Cromwell’s search for a new wife for Henry following the death of Jane Seymour.