(c) Ebury Press
‘In sixteenth-century Europe, two women came to hold all the power, against all the odds. They were Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici.
One a Virgin Queen who ruled her kingdom alone, and the other a clandestine leader who used her children to shape the dynasties of Europe, much has been written about these iconic women. But nothing has been said of their complicated relationship: thirty years of friendship, competition and conflict that changed the face of Europe.
This is a story of two remarkable visionaries: a story of blood, fire and gold. It is also a tale of ceaseless calculation, of love and rivalry, of war and wisdom – and of female power in a male world. Shining new light on their legendary kingdoms Blood, Fire and Gold provides a new way of looking at two of history’s most powerful women, and how they shaped each other as profoundly as they shaped the course of history. Drawing on their letters and brand new research, Estelle Paranque writes an entirely new chapter in the well-worn story of the sixteenth century.’
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From 21st May to 22nd August 2022, the portrait is on display at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, as part of ‘The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics’ exhibition.
Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey)
(c) National Portrait Gallery
Thanks to LynMarie, I have been able to update:
A look at how the Streatham portrait has been displayed over the years…
(c) NPG 6804; Lady Jane Dudley (nee Grey) by Unknown artist
The Lady Jayne/Streatham portrait is on display as part of ‘The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics’ exhibition at The Walker Art Gallery.
‘You will come face-to-face with the five Tudor monarchs – Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I – who, to this day, remain some of the most familiar figures in English history; not least because these instantly recognisable portraits have preserved their likenesses for five centuries.
Some highlight loans in the exhibition are the Westminster Tournament Roll, produced in 1511, the Roll celebrates the birth of Henry VIII’s son with Katherine Aragon, Henry, who died in infancy. This spectacular document was last on public display almost 20 years ago and never seen outside London. Another incredible loan is the Bacton Altar Cloth which new research suggests is an item from Elizabeth I’s wardrobe, making it the only known surviving example of her clothing.’
From Walker Art Gallery website
For more information about the exhibition and to buy tickets : The Tudors: Power, Passion & Politics: Walker Art Gallery
Welcome to the first part of ‘Investigating Jane.’ This article was written with Lee Porritt from Lady Jane Grey Revisited .
Wyngaerde’s “Panorama of London in 1543”
26. Durham House
Investigating Jane – Part One: The Wedding
‘A greater proportion of the British population died in the civil wars of the seventeenth century than in the world wars of the twentieth. Jessie Childs recovers the shock of this conflict by plunging us into one of its most extraordinary episodes: the siege of Basing House. To the parliamentarians, the royalist stronghold was the devil’s seat. Its defenders called it Loyalty House.
We follow artists, apothecaries, merchants and their families from the revolutionary streets of London to the Marquess of Winchester’s mist-shrouded mansion. Over two years, they are battered, bombarded, starved and gassed. From within they face smallpox, spies and mutiny. Their resistance becomes legendary, but in October 1645, Oliver Cromwell rolls in the heavy guns and they prepare for a last stand.
Drawing on unpublished manuscripts and the voices of dozens of men, women and children caught in the crossfire, Childs weaves a thrilling tale of war and peace, terror and faith, savagery and civilisation.
The Siege of Loyalty House is an immersive and electrifying account of a defining episode in a war that would turn Britain – and the world – upside down.’