Elizabeth I's locket ring ~ 1575 ~ secret locket ring. It wasn’t discovered until her death that the ring opened up to reveal two portraits of her and her mother Queen Anne Boleyn ~ 1575

Elizabeth I's locket ring ~ 1575 ~ secret locket ring. It wasn’t discovered until her death that the ring opened up to reveal two portraits of her and her mother Queen Anne Boleyn ~ 1575

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This is the death mask of England's King Henry VII (the father of King Henry VIII), who was the first Tudor monarch and reigned from 1485 to 1509. It is said to be the finest death mask in existence. It's also unusual in that his eyes are open.

This is the death mask of England's King Henry VII (the father of King Henry VIII), who was the first Tudor monarch and reigned from 1485 to 1509. It is said to be the finest death mask in existence. It's also unusual in that his eyes are open.

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Hunting Sword used by Henry VIII.  Hunting was viewed as "an essential mark of a gentleman and...was valued as a test of courage, strength, and agility..." (Tudor England: An Encyclopedia, 327). It became a main "pastyme" of the Tudor monarchs, especially Henry VIII.  Bows and arrows, crossbows, and even guns were used when hunting. Another weapon yielded was the hunting dog.

Hunting Sword used by Henry VIII. Hunting was viewed as "an essential mark of a gentleman and...was valued as a test of courage, strength, and agility..." (Tudor England: An Encyclopedia, 327). It became a main "pastyme" of the Tudor monarchs, especially Henry VIII. Bows and arrows, crossbows, and even guns were used when hunting. Another weapon yielded was the hunting dog.

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A portrait of Henry VII., first of the Tudor Monarchs. At the beginning of his reign in 1485, fashion was still in the style of the Medieval.

A portrait of Henry VII., first of the Tudor Monarchs. At the beginning of his reign in 1485, fashion was still in the style of the Medieval.

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Elizabeth in a French Farthingale - notice how the skirt does not go all the way to the floor, but goes to the ankle. She has a standing ruff, conch, fan, and slashed shoes as well.

Elizabeth in a French Farthingale - notice how the skirt does not go all the way to the floor, but goes to the ankle. She has a standing ruff, conch, fan, and slashed shoes as well.

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Henry VII, He united the houses of Lancaster and York ending the War of the Roses and founding the Tudor dynasty.....My 16 times great grandfather.

Henry VII, He united the houses of Lancaster and York ending the War of the Roses and founding the Tudor dynasty.....My 16 times great grandfather.

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Coronation portrait of Elizabeth I. She wore her hair loose probably to prove to the masses as she rode through the streets, on her way to her coronation, that she was Henry's daughter (he was well-known for his red hair), and therefore not a bastard as had been alleged during her mother's time. She was 26, already tested by many plots, an imprisonment and threats against her life. Yet she persevered and became England's most successful and famous monarch.

Coronation portrait of Elizabeth I. She wore her hair loose probably to prove to the masses as she rode through the streets, on her way to her coronation, that she was Henry's daughter (he was well-known for his red hair), and therefore not a bastard as had been alleged during her mother's time. She was 26, already tested by many plots, an imprisonment and threats against her life. Yet she persevered and became England's most successful and famous monarch.

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''Elizabeth I of England Windsor and Maidenhead Collection.jpeg 1580s?''. Clearly a formulaic image and one from what was probably a busy production line. The Queen holds red ( Lancaster) and white (York) roses stressing her legitimacy as a Tudor monarch. Her bat-like fan predates more elegant styles.

''Elizabeth I of England Windsor and Maidenhead Collection.jpeg 1580s?''. Clearly a formulaic image and one from what was probably a busy production line. The Queen holds red ( Lancaster) and white (York) roses stressing her legitimacy as a Tudor monarch. Her bat-like fan predates more elegant styles.

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