Sunday, 8 July 2018

345) Mary I, Queen of England

Mary I, Queen of England and Ireland (1516 - 1558), also known as Bloody Mary. Daughter of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII. Her siblings were Elizabeth I and Edward VI. In 1554 she married Philip II of Spain.
"The child, small but pretty, already showed signs that she had inherited the red-gold hair of both her parents and the clear Tudor complexion"
"...and here she sits, in her rich crimson leather chair, erect and stiff and insignificant, her auburn hair and homely face not one o charm her future husband..."
"They all confess with depressing unanimity that the bride was a faded little woman with red hair and no eyebrows..."

(Mary I, Queen of England
portrait by Antonis Mor, 1554)

(Mary at the time of her engagement to Charles V,
attributed to Lucas Horenbout)

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