This is a woven 100% cotton throw that I found on Ebay for 16.99 plus shipping. It contains all images of the six wives of Henry VII and I believe possibly Lady Mary Boleyn and HenryVIII's sister the Princess Mary Tudor. So here they are list edas in the order I believe they appear. Some of these paintings are still disputed on who is depicted, so this is my educated guess. Plus tibits of Tudor knowledge that I know from researching the era for over six years.
Top row: (left) Mary Tudor: Henry's second sister married to the King of France and later second marriage secretly to Duke of Suffolk; Charles Bradon. (middle) Anne Boleyn: second wife to Henry, mother of Elizabeth I. I know this is her since there is the B necklace showing on her neck. (right) Catherine Parr: Sixth wife to Henry and this portrait was done two years after they were married in 1545. Disputed to be Lady Jane Grey but later changed. One of my favorites for its texture, I made a gown that is in similar colors to represent this dress. Will post pics later. Center: (Left) This is Catherine Howard but it is desputed since most images of former queens were discarded after death or removal from office. It does have a fetching resemblence to Anne but has closer features to Catherine Howards other portrait. Center: (Middle) Catherine of Aragon, first queen of Henry VIII. Henry later married Catherine after compensation from the Pope over her unconsumated marriage to his older brother Arthur was obtained. Ironic he later argues the validity of the marriage some 26 years and 6 children later, only Mary I survived to adulthood. This is a portrait of her as the Princess of Wales Bottom (Left) Anne of Cleves this is taken right from Holbein's painting no disgrepancies there. No doubt Henry fell in love with this demure flanders mare before he met her. Unlike his constant recorded complaint she was not at all ugly. I think Henry just didn't like her manners and foreign customs. After all, you go from your family and all you know to live in a foreign land and learn all their customs in 7 months of marriage. (Center) This is another disputed one but I have found sources saying this is Mary Boleyn, Anne's sister during her time at court and favor by Henry's mistress. (Right) Last but certainly not least, Jane Seymour, third queen of Henry. Third one is the charm after all; he loved her, she bore him his only living son but died 12 days after his birth. Henry was recorded to whisper her name as his last dying words. Unfortunately her son Edward VI he didn't rule very long only six years after his father's death. Edward is believed to have died of pnemonia but their were whispers of poisoning.
The history of the people depicted is interesting but I have to say I am more happy to see the attention to detail on the images. I love how they look and now have a good representation of 1520's through 1540's Tudor fashion for ladies. Last night I figured out the perfect spot to hang this up on the wall. I need to get a curtain rod wide enough to accomidate its 51" x 68" measurements. Its going to be fun, will have to gently sew a pocket on the back, for the rod to sit in. Luclily I know how to carefully do such things with out showing stitches on the front face of the fabric.
Still working away on my French hood, it looks great just needs beads to accent it and set to wear. I am debating which ones to use, pearls for sure but I have some nice glass beads that would set this off perfectly. I will have to try it to see how they look in combination with one another.
I found a company that makes vintage cabachons and pendants that are really good Tudor fakes. These technically would be Victorian in style but these are simple enough they can pass for Tudor. The Victorian era had a Renaissance Revial in architechture, writing, and other subjects. Fashion plates and books were made on the Tudors and their clothing. Though these books have lots of romantics added to an already heady subject matter. They are not best to use for research purposes, it can be hard to find out the facts through the victorian romanticism. I can't blame the Vicorians with falling in love with the intrigue, scandal, and heartbreak of the Tudor Court. Life imitates art and vice vera, ;-) Getting back to the sparkelies, I bought more of this brand of jewelry findings than I should but I know how the craft store doesn't keep things in stock so I was best for me to get them before they were discontinued. So I has Tudor treasure, hee hee.
Well if I get another good amount of jewelry making under my belt this weekend, I will fill up my jewelry trunk in no time. Though I want to finish this French hood first and start on my peach riding hood next, all in good time I suppose.
On the creative upswing,