Barbara Palmer (1640 - 1709). Mistress of Charles II from 1660 until 1673. They had six children, Anne, Charles, Henry, Charlotte, George, and Barbara FitzRoy. Charles II only acknowledged five of them as his own, and many historians question who the father of her first and last daughters are.
'Queen Elenor' by Frederick Sandys. Eleanor, the wife of Henry II is reputed to have murdered his mistress, Rosamund. Thus, Sandys depicts her carrying a dagger, a cup of poison, and the piece of red string that was supposed to lead Eleanor through a maze to reach Rosamund’s chamber.
Katharine of Aragon, c1502, by Michael Sittow, King Henry VII's court painter. Katharine had arrived in England in 1501 to marry Prince Arthur Tudor, the son and heir of Henry VII. They were married in November 1501 and within six months Arthur was dead. This portrait was painted after their brief marriage.