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Elizabeth I Saxton Atlas 1579

Elizabeth I of England, frontispiece to Christopher Saxton’s Atlas of England and Wales, 1579

tudor history | Tudor History The execution of Katherine Howard

Execution of Katherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, sister-in-law of Anne Boleyn, was brought up to the block which was now soaked in her teenage mistress's blood.

Elizabethan players spent most of their year on tour playing wherever they could erect a stage.

People liked to watch plays. During Elizabeth's reign the first real theatres were built in England. At first actors travelled from town to town and performed in the streets or outside inns. Then they began to build theatres.

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Painting Title: Anne Boleyn in the Tower (detail) 1835 Artist: Edouard (Francois Berthelemy Michel) Cibot Medium: Oil Painting on Canvas

Detail from David Sees Bathsheba in the Bath (manuscript dated 1515-1520 from Tours, France) and detail from Charles d’Orleans’ “Lover Addressing Three Ladies” (circa 1490-1500)

Detail from David Sees Bathsheba in the Bath (manuscript dated from Tours, France) and detail from Charles d’Orleans’ “Lover Addressing Three Ladies” (circa

Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's younger sister was known as one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe. She also had the trademark red hair of the Tudors.  When she married the King of France, the Ambassador from Venice described her as " a Paradise - tall, slender, grey-eyed, possessing an extreme pallor". She wore her glorious silken red-gold hair flowing loose to her waist.  She and her brother Henry were close as children, and he named his daughter Mary after her.

Youngest child and last surviving daughter to King Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth of York, Princess Mary Tudor, said to have been a close companion to her brother Henry VIII in their childhood.

The Hever tapestry of Mary Tudor's marriage to King Louis XII.

The Hever tapestry of Mary Tudor's marriage to King Louis XII. Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn

Cheapside Hoard, in 1912 a woman living in a house in Cheapside, London found beneath the floorboards the largest collection of Tudor jewels ever found

Cheapside Hoard of treasure found in London a century ago goes on show

The Cheapside Hoard. In 1912 a woman living in a house in Cheapside, London, discovered beneath the floorboards the largest collection of Tudor jewels ever found.

The Tudor Heirs- Prince Arthur of Wales, Queen Margaret of Scotland, King Henry VIII, & Mary Duchess of Suffolk and Dowager Queen of France..

The Tudor Heirs The surviving children of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.~ Arthur Prince of Wales, Margaret Queen of Scotland, Henry King of England, and Mary Tudor Queen of France. The surviving children of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.

Inside The Body Of Henry VIII ~ A fascinating documentary about Henry VIII's health

Inside the body of Henry VIII documentary ~ The team of experts try to determine what kind of decease poisoned the blood of the King, changed his body, and character and annulated his ability to conceive healthy children

Painting depicting the visit of Erasmus and Thomas More to the royal Tudor nursery at Eltham in the summer of 1499 painted by Frank Cadogan Cowper, 1910. From Left to Right: Margaret, queen consort of Scotland, aged 10, Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset in the arms of a nanny, Mary, Queen of France aged 3, Henry VIII, King of England then Duke of York aged 8. Absent Royal child was Arthur, Prince of Wales who was at Ludlow Castle at the time of the visit.

Painting depicting the visit of Erasmus and Thomas More to the royal Tudor nursery in the summer of The precise end of the Middle Ages is not a set date but these two men are considered to belong to the Renaissance

Henry VIII became King of England, on this day 21st April, 1509 on the death of his father Henry VII

Detail of Henry VIII and the Barber-surgeons (Thurley, Simon. The Royal Palaces Of Tudor England: Architecture and Court Life, New Haven: Yale UP, Print.

Elizabeth Howard Boleyn, Anne and Mary Boleyns mother. How much does Elizabeth I resemble her grandmother?

Elizabeth Howard Boleyn, mother to Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn Carey, and my great-grandmother.

On October 18th, in 1541, Margaret Tudor died of a severe stroke at Methven Castle, in Perthshire.

Margaret Tudor, Queen Consort of Scotland, daughter of Henry VII, sister of Henry VIII, grandmother of Mary Queen of Scots

On May 12th, Anne and her brother were tried and on May 15, convicted of high treason. Anne's own father and uncle, Duke of Norfolk, who sat over the twenty-six peers serving as her judges, were instrumental in achieving her death sentence. No vestige of evidence remains.    On May 17th, Smeaton was hanged and the other four beheaded, followed by Anne, who was also beheaded two days later upon Tower Green. The following day King Henry betrothed himself to Jane Seymour.

Print depicting the execution of Anne Boleyn, consort to Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. Print made by Jan Luyken,