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Adrian Vanson’s Sir John Maitland, 1st Lord Maitland of Thirlestane (1589) and an X-ray view which reveals a portrait hidden underneath the top paint layers

Remarkable portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots discovered under 16th-century painting of a man

Unfinished portrait of controversial 16th-century queen Mary Stuart found under painting of Sir John Maitland. The picture may have been painted and then covered up in dangerous times

Mary. Queen of Scots. Life of Mary, Queen of Scots

Why Mary, Queen of Scots lived one of the most dramatic lives in British history

The life of Mary, Queen of Scots was dramatic. From the day her father died, when she was a week old, to her death at the hands of an English executioner 45 years later, drama,…

Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke (born Mary Sidney - 1561-1621) English noblewoman, sister of the poet Philip Sidney. Mary Sidney

Tudor of the Month: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke

Mary Sidney was one of the most significant female literary figures of the Renaissance, say Tudor Times

Queen Elizabeth I at prayer, after the frontispiece to Christian Prayers, 1569

Who was Elizabeth I? What was her part in the Spanish Armada?

Queen Elizabeth I presided over an age of discovery that saw the establishment of the English Protestant church, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the flourishing of the arts. She reigned from 1558-1603 

King Henry VIII (1491-1547) by the studio of Hans Holbein the younger

Who was Henry VIII? What did he think of his six wives?

King Henry VIII staged six royal weddings, became Ireland’s first English monarch and sowed the seeds for a multicultural Britain. He reigned from 1509-1547

The Meeting of Edward V (1470-1483) and his Brother Richard, Duke of York (1473-1483) contemplated by King Richard III by James Northcote

Who was Richard III? Where was his body found?

Richard III was caricatured by Shakespeare and accused of killing his nephews, while his remains were found under a car park in Leicester. He reigned from 1483-1485

Mary Queen of Scots

Who was Mary, Queen of Scots? Why was she imprisoned?

Mary Stuart became queen of the Scots when she was six days old, was widowed at 18 and was executed aged 44. She ruled from 1542 to 1567 

Tudor John Knox | Scottish reformer, minister, preacher and writer

Tudor John Knox: Scottish minister, writer and leader of the Reformation

This month Melita Thomas of Tudor Times explores the life and times of Tudor John Knox, a Scottish firebrand who lived through during the reigns of King Henry VIII, Edward VI, Bloody Mary and Queen…

Packwood House, Warwickshire

Hidden Tudor castles and palaces

Discover the little-known castles and manors in the Heart of England that were visited and specially granted by the notorious Tudor king, Henry VIII

Portait of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland at Knole

Tudor of the month: John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

How did a traitor’s son rise to become the most powerful man in Tudor England? Melita Thomas of Tudor Times investigates…

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