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Looking on lovers

Throughout history the rich, especially royalty have used the medium of stained glass to promote their image. The relationship between monarch and stained glass is explored in depth in The King’s Glass: A Story of Tudor Power and Secret Art (2007) by Carola Hicks if you are interested in such things. It’s a genuinely interesting read about the secret messages woven into public stained glass to spread particular images of the monarch, propaganda almost. I, of course, am interested in the queens who rarely feature as much as their husbands in the public image. So I have collated this gallery of lovers for your viewing pleasure… Continue reading


The History of The White Queen: Margaret Beaufort

She dresses in red because she's 'The Red Queen'. Historical Fiction at it's most subtle.

She dresses in red because she’s the ‘Red Queen’. Historical Fiction at it’s most subtle.

Continuing the series on the history of The White Queen, this week is the turn of Margaret Beaufort. The excellent Amanda Hale’s portrayal shows her as utterly dedicated to her son, though it would seem to border on the obsessive, the same of which can be said of her faith and piety. This image of Margaret is quite plausible, though the vision of her piety is quite modern.

In brief; Margaret was born in 1443, the only child of John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. Her father was a great grandson of Edward III and died a year after her birth. In 1452 King Henry VI gave wardship of Margaret to his half brothers Edmund and Jasper Tudor, and she married Edmund three years later, upon reaching the marriageable age of twelve. Within a year of marriage to Edmund, he had died of the plague and Margaret would give birth to his son Henry two months later.
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