Sibylle von Kleve-Jülich-Berg, older sister of Anne of Cleves, and William, Duke of Julich-Cleves-Berg. Sybille married the Elector of Saxony John Frederich I in 1526. She converts to Lutheran ideas and becomes a frequent correspondent with Matin Luther. Lucas Cranach, the court painter, uses Sybille as his muse for religious works of art commissioned by her husband. Their marriage appears to have been devoted and one of mutual respect, with Sybille managing the court in her husband's…

Sibylle von Kleve-Jülich-Berg, older sister of Anne of Cleves, and William, Duke of Julich-Cleves-Berg. Sybille married the Elector of Saxony John Frederich I in 1526. She converts to Lutheran ideas and becomes a frequent correspondent with Matin Luther. Lucas Cranach, the court painter, uses Sybille as his muse for religious works of art commissioned by her husband. Their marriage appears to have been devoted and one of mutual respect, with Sybille managing the court in her husband's…

Cranach Gown Part 1: Reserch | Truth is Stranger than Fashion -- very interesting post about one painter who seemed to dig one style of gown

Cranach Gown Part 1: Reserch

Cranach Gown Part 1: Reserch | Truth is Stranger than Fashion -- very interesting post about one painter who seemed to dig one style of gown

Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon, Widowed Queen of France and the Duke of Suffolk. Artist unknown, date unknown. (collection of the Earl of Yarborough). Image to celebrate the wedding of the two. They were married in 1515.

Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon, Widowed Queen of France and the Duke of Suffolk. Artist unknown, date unknown. (collection of the Earl of Yarborough). Image to celebrate the wedding of the two. They were married in 1515.

Sibylle von Kleve-Jülich-Berg

Sibylle von Kleve-Jülich-Berg

medici family tree |Leonora di Toledo Medici.  Daughter of Don Garzia di Toledo of Spain, brought up in the Medici household in Florence, then married to Pietro Medici. Murdered by her husband for infidelity. Pietro's sister was Isabella De Medici - this portrait is often mistaken for Isabella.  See my pin "Murder of a Medici Princess" for their fascinating story.

medici family tree |Leonora di Toledo Medici. Daughter of Don Garzia di Toledo of Spain, brought up in the Medici household in Florence, then married to Pietro Medici. Murdered by her husband for infidelity. Pietro's sister was Isabella De Medici - this portrait is often mistaken for Isabella. See my pin "Murder of a Medici Princess" for their fascinating story.

Lucas Cranach Kronach 1472-1533 Weimar  Judith mit dem Haupt des Holofernes 1531 Öl auf Pappelholz 72 x 56 cm; Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum,  Aachen, Germania.

Lucas Cranach Kronach 1472-1533 Weimar Judith mit dem Haupt des Holofernes 1531 Öl auf Pappelholz 72 x 56 cm; Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, Germania.

Als jungfräuliche Königin wurde Elisabeth I. zur Legende, verheiratet nur mit England. Von Ehe und Kindern hielt sie sich fern, da sie ihren Machtverlust bedeutet hätten. Elisabeths Regierungsstil war geprägt von geistiger Schärfe und politischer Taktik. Erfolgreich regierte sie England 45 Jahre lang – in einer Zeit, da jedermann Frauen zu schwach dafür hielt.

Als jungfräuliche Königin wurde Elisabeth I. zur Legende, verheiratet nur mit England. Von Ehe und Kindern hielt sie sich fern, da sie ihren Machtverlust bedeutet hätten. Elisabeths Regierungsstil war geprägt von geistiger Schärfe und politischer Taktik. Erfolgreich regierte sie England 45 Jahre lang – in einer Zeit, da jedermann Frauen zu schwach dafür hielt.

John III, Duke of Cleves, Father of Anne of Cleves (1491-1543). Known as John the Peaceful for his attitude of striving for a middle ground between the two stridently competing faiths during the Protestant Reformation. His Court was Catholic, but anti-papal, and was influenced by Erasmus, w/ whom he consulted personally. He was very wealthy, w/ strategically placed territories on the Rhine, which would have appealed to Thomas Cromwell when he negotiated Anne's marriage contract for Henry…

John III, Duke of Cleves, Father of Anne of Cleves (1491-1543). Known as John the Peaceful for his attitude of striving for a middle ground between the two stridently competing faiths during the Protestant Reformation. His Court was Catholic, but anti-papal, and was influenced by Erasmus, w/ whom he consulted personally. He was very wealthy, w/ strategically placed territories on the Rhine, which would have appealed to Thomas Cromwell when he negotiated Anne's marriage contract for Henry…

A portrait of St Helena a dress in the fashion of the day, holding up a wooden cross against a black background

A portrait of St Helena a dress in the fashion of the day, holding up a wooden cross against a black background

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