“She certainly is a great queen, and were she only a Catholic she would be our dearly beloved. Just look how well she governs; she is only a woman, only mistress of half an island, and yet she makes herself feared by Spain, by France, by the Empire, by all.”
-Pope Sixtus V
Long-lost picture of Henry VIII as a child discovered
The unknown painting, which is contained in a passional manuscript, shows the monarch as a young boy, weeping upon a bed with his two sisters.
The book is believed to have been written and donated to Henry the VII upon the death of his wife Elizabeth of York, and passed into the possession of a noble family.
The picture, one of several dozen in the Vaux passional, shows Henry as a child, with his red head buried in his arms on his late mother’s bed. His sisters Mary and Margaret are depicted sitting on the floor near to him, while his father sits on a throne in the foreground.
Saying Henry VIII was depicted as a child “very infrequently,” he added: “He felt the death of his mother more than anybody; it really, really rocked him. He was absolutely inconsolable.
Bartholomeus van der Helst, Portrait of a Girl (detail), 1645
Lady in Waiting’s Gown (The Private Life of Henry VIII, 1933)
I’ve seen a few fashion posts trying to expand the “Marie Antoinette is not Victorian” rant, but this stuff can get complicated, so here is a semi-comprehensive list so everyone knows exactly when all of these eras were.
Please note that this is very basic and that there are sometimes subcategories (especially in the 17th century, Jacobean, Restoration, etc).
The Tudors: Charles Brandon
Louis-Auguste de France, the duc de Berry and later Louis XVI, was born on August 23rd, 1754 at the palace of Versailles.
Happy Birthday, Louis
August 23, 1754 - January 21, 1793
Burghley House, England, built 1558–1587