Tuesday, 15 November 2016

We Have Watched,

more than a few period dramas,

The Tudors for one and I am now re-watching Wolf Hall, both set in the same time frame, there are of course so many things about the period that both are set in that only became well known after some of the real life characters deaths, for instance the ring above, after the death of Elizabeth I on March 24, 1603, the ring she wore most of her adult life was opened, inside were the portraits of herself and her mother Anne Boleyn beheaded in 1536 by her father King Henry VIII, when Elizabeth was just 2 years old, she had kept the contents of the ring a secret, but the ring often known as ‘Chequers ring’ and today belongs to the Trustees of Chequers, the prime minister’s country residence, every once in a while, it goes on display at a special exhibition, a secret and a treasure all in a small ring that as far as I can tell was never painted in on any portraits painted at the time of Elizabeth, and speaking of paintings who painted the miniatures inside the ring, I wonder if anyone knows?

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