Nice portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine, holding her rock crystal vase. It was given to her by her grandfather, William IX of Aquitaine, and she later gave it to Louis VII as a wedding present. It still survives, and is on display in the Louvre museum. Eleanor of Aquitaine by *dashinvaine on deviantART
Eleanor of Aquitane (1124-1204) - one of the wealthiest and most powerful women of the High Middle Ages. She was queen of both France and England and mother to three kings (including Richard I, the Lionheart) and two queens. She was as influential in literary circles as in political, and she was the patron of many writers and troubadours.
Lady Catherine Grey and her sons by Edward Seymour, who were born in the Tower. Elizabeth I imprisoned Catherine for having married "without Elizabeth's permission", and also to neutralise any legitimate male who might destabilise Elizabeth's reign. Catherine's older son, Edward Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp was born in 1561 and became the oldest male heir in line with Henry VIII's Act of Succession. But Elizabeth I declares the marriage invalid, the boys bastards and Catherine dies in the Tower.
The Palace of Whitehall. In 1530, King Henry VIII acquired York Palace from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Henry renamed it Whitehall Palace. The Palace replaced Westminster Palace as Henry's main London residence. In 1533, Henry married Anne secretly at the palace, and in 1536 married Jane Seymour. He died at the palace in January 1547. Much of the Tudor portion of the building was destroyed by fire in 1691.
Margaret de Valois, Margo, was a granddaughter of the King, daughter of the King, sister of the King, mistress of The King, wife of the King but never a widow of The King. She is 13 years old in the portrait. At this age Margo fall in love and started relations with her brother Henry III, who needed this to make his sister his spy in the court of his mother. A year after he betrayed her and she has never forgot this.
LEFT TO RIGHT: King George V & Queen Mary 1893, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth 1923, Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Phillip 1947, Princess Margaret & Anthony Armstrong-Jones 1960, Princess Anne & Captain Mark Phillips 1973, Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer 1981, Prince Andrew & Sarah Ferguson 1986, Prince Edward & Sophie Rhys-Jones 1999, Prince Charles & Camilla Parker Bowles 2005.
Timeline of the British Monarchs from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II. This is an enormous timeline of the British Monarchs from 1066 to the present day. The dates of the reigns of each monarch are included with each name and photo. Additional individuals are on the timeline as necessary to show how the line of succession reached a particular monarch.
Eleanor of Aquitaine: The first Queen of France. Two of her sons Richard and John went on to become Kings of England. Educated, beautiful and highly articulate, Eleanor influenced the politics of western Europe through her alliances and influence over her sons. [My ancestor on my mother's side & again, on my father's.. BK Thigpen]