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I was curious about this woman in the orange dress on "The Tudors" and read up about her. I don't get Showtime, nor would I watch the show if I did pay for its services, so I did research online.

In "The Tudors" tv show, Henry has a younger sister called "Princess Margaret." She's supposed to be a condensed version of Henry VIII's 2 younger sisters, Margaret and Mary. Her story mostly follows what happened to Mary. I read that they didn't want to call her Princess Mary because it would have confused viewers between her & Henry's oldest daughter. However, I think confusing between the 2 royals would have been preferable to how they portrayed "Margaret" on the show.

Honestly, the English during this time period were VERY unimaginative w/ names. For the ladies, it seems as if only 5 names were ever used: Mary, Anne, Catherine, Jane, and Elizabeth. Even worse, those same names were used all over Europe, they just sounded different in other languages. (For example: Isabel = Elizabeth, & Catalina = Catherine. It's no surprise that the name Elizabeth, especially, has so many nicknames attached to it, to prevent confusion; like Liz, Lizzy, Bess, Bessy, Beth, Eliza, etc).
For men it was: Henry, John, Thomas, William, & Robert.

In real life, Princess Mary was considered one of the most beautiful ladies in Europe; (I'm not surprised, check out this painting if u don't believe me, [link]), & when she was of age, and Henry married her off to King Louis XII of France. On the show she was going to marry the aging King of Portugal. In both real life and the show, it seems she did sulk about it, but she was really nasty towards Henry in the show. It was also the same in real life & on the show that she was already in love with Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.

History says that King Louis XII was 34 years older than Mary, so he was a feeble old man (for the time period), and died 3 months after the wedding. The tv show, however, shows that she smothered the Portuguese King with a pillow so she could be rid of him (as I said, I didn't watch hardly any of the show except for some very short YouTube videos).

History & the tv show were both in agreement that the princess secretly married Charles Brandon soon after King Louis' death, but unlike the show, Princess Mary was eventually forgiven by her brother Henry. In the show, Henry banishes them from the court, & Princess Margaret's relationship dissolves b/c her husband starts sleeping around. She eventually dies of tuberculosis.

In real life, Princess Mary & Duke Charles were happy together. They even had 3 children, and the princess was good friends with Catherine of Aragon. Although she married below her rank, the rest of her life was quiet and happy. She didn't really die until 1533, the same year Princess Elizabeth was born.

I find it really annoying that the writer of "The Tudors" series would find it so FASCINATING to portray such an interesting lady in such a negative and tragic light. They say that truth is stranger than fiction. In this case, it's truth is KINDER than fiction.

As for the orange gown, I'll leave history's hypothetical opinions as well as my own for a separate image of "Princess Margaret."
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As stated in the title, this is Elizabeth of York, mother to the famous King Henry VIII, & grandmother to Queen Elizabeth I.

The image is based on a portrait I found of the Queen, though it was difficult to make both her gown & headdress b/c there were no gable-hoods of any kind on the Tudors Scene-Maker. The portrait also only shows her from the chest up, so I had to use other pictures of early Tudor gowns as models for what the dress might have looked like.

This was actually a second attempt at creating Elizabeth of York. The first time around I tried using one of the French hoods in the game & it didn't exactly turn out so great :/ This time around, I made it entirely out of beads, no hood behind it, and used the portrait as the model.

The early English gable hoods for ladies actually look kinda pretty & unique. Gives you a real "Alice in Wonderland" feel. There's also that interesting late medieval look that ladies of the 15th century England had, just before King Henry brought on all the radical Renaissance fashions.

Elizabeth of York was said to be very beautiful in real life, and very gentle & kind in personality. I guess Henry got his nasty personality from his father, b/c Henry VII was said to be a greedy, money-grubbing jerk. It's a pity Elizabeth of York never got to see her granddaughter, Elizabeth I. She would have been proud of the girl :D

I made this using the Tudors Scene-Maker www.dolldivine.com/the-tudors-… on Doll Divine.
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This is Anne Boleyn, based on one of the more flattering portraits of her, & probably 1 of the easiest pictures I ever made on the Tudors Scene-Maker www.dolldivine.com/the-tudors-… . (Though now I'm starting 2 wish I'd made her famous "B" necklace...maybe I'll re-do the painting later).

The doll is based on this beautiful painting of Anne Boleyn from Hever Castle. It's my fave painting of her, and though it was painted after her time, I think it's the most accurate image we can get of her. The English may not have considered her beautiful in an era where blonds & redheads were in vogue, but she certainly would have qualified in this day & age :)

I actually had to base part of this picture on a wax figure they made of Anne in that famous museum in London, b/c the portrait didn't show what the lower part of her gown looked like.
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Elizabeth of York, Henry VII King of England and his mother Margaret Beaufort

Elizabeth of York Plantagenet
Born: Feb 11, 1466
Died: Feb 11, 1503
Reigned: Jan 18, 1486 - Feb 11, 1503
Wife of Henry VII, daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. Is technically the true ruler of England as the oldest heir. Is Also 5th cousins with Henry. She also did not use much political influence due to her strong willed mother-in-law Margaret Beaufort.

Henry VII Tudor
Born: Jan 28, 1457
Died: April 21, 1509
Reigned: Aug 22, 1485 – April 21, 1509
Note: Former Earl of Richmond. Great Great Great Grandson of Edward III through John of Gaunt. Son of Edmund Tudor Earl of Richmond and Lady Margaret Beaufort.

Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond
Born: May 31, 1443
Died: June 29, 1509
Married Edmund Tudor Earl of Richmond: Nov 1, 1455
Note: She refused to accept a lower status than the dowager Queen and as well as her daughter-in-law and walked only a half pace behind her and wore the same quality robes as the Queen. She was practically the queen as she was strong willed and did not let Elizabeth of York have much power. It is believed she is responsible for the banishment of Elizabeth Woodville by Henry VII at her request. The birth of her son was very difficult and left her unable to have anymore children
Note: Edmund died Nov 3, 1456 at 25.

Yes the dates for Margaret Beaufort are correct for her birthdate, marriage and when she had her son.



All credit goes to Doll-Divine and Azalea's Dress Up Doll Tudor Maker.

azaleasdolls.com/tudors2.html
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Elizabeth of York. Queen of England
Also Elizabeth Plantagenet, Princess
Born: Feb 11, 1466
Died: Feb 11, 1503
Reigned over England: Jan 18, 1486 - Feb 11, 1503

She was the daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville and was the sister to King Edward V, who was only king for a short time after their father died and their power hungry Uncle Richard had parlement declare his brother's marriage invalid under a false claim he was engaged to Eleanor Butler when he married. He crowned himself King Richard III and possibly killed his two nephews, he was later killed at Bosworth Field.

Elizabeth married Henry Tudor Earl of Richmond later King Henry VII and was the mother of Arthur, Margaret Queen of Scotland, Henry VIII, Elizabeth (died at 3 years old), Mary Former Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk and Edmund Duke of Somerset (died at a year and a half). She died in 1503 after giving birth to a daughter who also died. After she died her husband was devastated by her death and became gravely ill but recovered but was greatly affected by her death. When Henry made a token effort to find a new wife and suggest Joan of Naples his description of what he desired in a wife actually matched her (Elizabeth), it is likely from this that they had a true love match and from descriptions loved each other greatly.

She was a kind and loving mother and wife, and was the only known Queen to be the daughter, sister, neice, wife, mother and grandmother of English monarchs.

It was said that she was tall, since her father was 6 foot 4 inches and her son Henry was 6 foot 3 inches it is possible she was 5 foot 9 inches, inbetween her mother and father's height if her mother was average height (5' 3").



All credit goes to Doll-Divine and Azalea's Dress Up Doll Tudor Maker.

azaleasdolls.com/tudors2.html
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Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England, Tudor Style
Born: 1437
Died: June 8, 1492
Reigned: May 1, 1464 - April 9, 1483

She was the first commoner to Marry a english king. She was married first to Sir John Grey and had two sons, through her first son she is the great great grandmother of Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England for 9 days before Mary deposed her.

She married King Edward IV Plantagenet on May 1, 1464 and by him had 10 children, 7 daughters 3 sons, only 7 survived Edward. After Edward's death her son became Edward V but her brother-in-law wanting the throne had parlement declare her marriage invalid on false grounds her husband was betrothed to an another woman when they married. Her sons Edward and Richard became famously known as the Princes of the tower and they died.

After the boys deaths Richard III did no other harm to her or her 5 daughters. She conspired with Margaret Beaufort to remove Richard from the throne who died in 1485 in battle.

Interesting thing to note, her son Edward was betrothed to Anne the heir to the Duchy of Brittany and the agreement of the marriage was that the second son born would become the Duke of Brittany, but after his death Anne was forced to Marry Charles VII King of France.

She is a descendant of the Counts of La March through Hugh VIII and is a descendant of King Louis VII of France and Eleanor of Aquitaine through their daughter Marie.


All credit goes to Doll-Divine and Azalea's Dress Up Doll Tudor Maker.

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Elizabeth Woodville (1437-1492) is one of the main characters from Philippa Gregory's historical novel series about the Cousins' War, also known as the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485). This series has recently been turned into a tv show, named the White Queen.

Elizabeth was queen of England from 1471 until the dead of her husband, king Edward IV, in 1483. She's been named the White Queen, because she married into the house of York, which heraldic symbol was a white rose. Their opponent was the house of Lancaster, who carried a red rose. Both houses were branches of the royal house of Plantagenet, hence the name "Cousins' War". Elizabeth's mother, Jacquetta, was an old friend of the lancastrian 'bad queen' Margaret of Anjou. This was one of the reasons why Elizabeth wasn't immediately accepted as queen of England. Her two sons by the king (she also had two sons from her first marriage) later became known as the "princes in the tower". After their father's death their uncle assumed the regency and had them locked away in the Tower of London. Shortly after a failed attempt to free them, the two boys disappeared. To this day we cannot be sure what happened to them. Their uncle took the throne and became king Richard III, one of Shakespeares greatest villains. His body has only a few months ago been found. In order to unite both Plantagenet branches, Elizabeth's daughter (also named Elizabeth) married a distant lancastrian heir to the throne who became king after Richard's death in the battle of Bosworth Field. This man was Henry Tudor, after his ascension known as Henry VI. Because of this, Elizabeth Woodville is grandmother to Henry VIII and great-grandmother to Edward VI, Mary I and of course Elizabeth I.

I read The White Queen about two years ago and loved it. So when I heard last year that they were going to film it I was really excited, but also worried about the costumes and such because many previous historical series have let me down on that point. I'm glad to say in the end there was nothing to worry about. The costumes are gorgeous! :heart:

When I decided to draw Elizabeth it wasn't difficult to choose an outfit. This is one of my favorite dresses: it's very classy and very simple at the same time. It also has a lot of white and greyish tones, which was great since I wanted her nickname to be visible if you know what I mean. Here's a picture of the costume: collider.com/wp-content/upload…

The background is made up of three special brushes, which you can find in my favorites collection if you're interested.

More The White Queen:
Margaret Beaufort, the Red Queen 
Margaret Beaufort, the Red Queen by aniek90

Anne Neville, the Kingmaker's Daughter
Anne Neville, the Kingmaker's Daughter by aniek90

Jacquetta of Luxembourg, the Lady of the Rivers
Jacquetta of Luxembourg, the Lady of the Rivers by aniek90

Elizabeth of York, the White Princess
Elizabeth of York, the White Princess by aniek90
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Margaret Beaufort (1443-1509), countess of Richmond and Derby, was the mother of king Henry VII of England.

Philippa Gregory's The Red Queen was the first book of the Cousins' War I read and I loved it from the very first page. In the tv series, Margaret is portrayed by Amanda Hale. I was not overly fond about the way they made Margaret appear. I can't really explain it, but she comes across different than in the book. And even though I drew her in an outfit she wears in the show, I highly doubt she would have looked like this.

A little information about Margaret. She was married at a very young age to Edmund Tudor. The marriage didn't last very long, because Edmund got sick and died, but not before getting his child bride pregnant. Margaret gave birth to a son, the future Henry VII, when she was only 13 years old. Her young age caused complications during the process and as a result Margaret would never be able to get pregnant again. Margaret did remarry twice: first to sir Henry Stafford and after he died to lord Thomas Stanley. 

After the death of king Henry VI during the Wars of the Roses, Margeret and her son were the last heirs of the Lancaster line and thus a danger to the York kings. Young Henry went into exile in France with his uncle Jarper Tudor, but never gave up his claim to the throne. He returned to England in 1485 and during the battle at Bosworth Field defeated king Richard III and won his crown. To end the Cousins' War he married princess Elizabeth of York, daughter of king Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville (the White Queen). Margaret would have a very strong influence on her son for the rest of his life. She outlived Henry by a two months and died just a day after her grandson, Henry VIII, turned 18.

For more information about Margaret, visit her wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret…

Margaret Beaufort was a very pious women. When you read The Red Queen you feel how important religion was to her and I had to incorporate it in my drawing of her. So I drew her hand together, almost like she is praying. I don't think she smiled very often, but I imagine her doing so when she's looking at her son.

I kept the background the same as in Elizabeth Woodville's picture, but switched the white rose of York with the red rose of Lancaster of course. 

More The White Queen:
Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen 
Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen by aniek90

Anne Neville, the Kingmaker's Daughter
Anne Neville, the Kingmaker's Daughter by aniek90

Jacquetta of Luxembourg, the Lady of the Rivers
Jacquetta of Luxembourg, the Lady of the Rivers by aniek90

Elizabeth of York, the White Princess
Elizabeth of York, the White Princess by aniek90
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Anne Neville (1456-1485) was the daughter of Richard Neville, earl of Warrick. Edward IV owed his crown to him and named him The Kingmaker. The relationship between the king and Warrick was great until Edward secretly married Elizabeth Woodville. Warrick eventually rebelled against the king and fled with his family to France. There he set up an alliance between him and Margaret of Anjou which was sealed by the marriage of his second daughter Anne to her only son Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales.

This rebellion fails and both Warrick and prince Edward are killed in battle. Anne joins her sister at the English court and marries Richard, duke of Gloucester, youngest brother of king Edward. Their only child is a boy, also named Edward. After the death of his brother, Richard sends his nephews to the Tower and decides that he should be king of England, as the legitimacy of his nephews turned out to be questionable. He and Anne have a joined coronation, a very VERY rare thing. Some time later their only son dies and Anne is in shock, she dies within a year.

Philippa Gregory's The Kingmaker's Daughter is one of my favorite books from the Cousins' Wars series and Faye Marsay's portrayal of Anne is the TV series sure does her justice. 

The dress is choose to draw is the one she wears at her first wedding and at her coronation. The hairstyle and jewelry are also mainly inspired by what she wears during the coronation, although I couldn't get the hair exactly like it. I made Anne's hair more red than what you see in the series for two reasons: One, it made her look less like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Two, contemporary images of Anne Neville often show she had red hair. I LOVE the dress, but I'm not sure how historical it actually is. It does bare some resemblance to Italian renaissance dresses, but I'm not convinced the real Anne could have worn something like this. 

Above Anne you can see the Neville coat of arms and she has her royal standard in her hand (This I added, because the hand came out really weird and I wasn't sure if I could fix it)

More The White Queen:
Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen 
Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen by aniek90

Margaret Beaufort, the Red Queen
Margaret Beaufort, the Red Queen by aniek90

Jacquetta of Luxembourg, the Lady of the Rivers
Jacquetta of Luxembourg, the Lady of the Rivers by aniek90

Elizabeth of York, the White Princess
Elizabeth of York, the White Princess by aniek90
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My Tudor Girls Family Tree

I’m working for a long time on this art, but I finally finished it!

I started with the “mothers of the dynasty”, Margaret Beaufort (from Tudor/Lancaster side) and Elizabeth Woodville (from York side), representing the red and white roses from the War of the Roses that give rise to the famous Tudor Rose. Beaufort and Woodville decide to marry their children, Henry Tudor and Elizabeth of York to end the war and start a new dynasty.

Henry and Elizabeth had 2 sons and 2 daughters. Arthur married with Catalina de Aragon, the youngest daughter of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille, but the prince died a few months later without consummate the marriage, so Catalina married with Henry VIII. She was the mother of Mary I of England (the Bloody Mary). Henry left Catalina to marry Anne Boleyn, breaking with the Catholic church to be able to hold the wedding. Anne was the mother of Elizabeth I of England (the Virgin Queen). After Anne, Henry married with Jane Seymour and finally had his so wanted male heir, the young king Edward VI. Henry had more 3 wives: Anne of Cleves, Kathryn Howard and Katherine Parr.

Margaret married with James IV of Scots from Stuart Dynasty, and was the mother of James V of Scots. James took Mary of Guise as wife, and was the father of Mary Stuart, also known as Mary of Scots. Mary Stuart was queen of France and queen of Scots, and tried to be queen of England too, and lost her head because of it. But her son, James VI of Scots became king of England after the death of Elizabeth I, the last queen of this dynasty.

Mary Rose Tudor was queen of France for a short period, and had no children from this marriage, but from her second marriage, with Charles Brandon, she had 3 girls, and the older daughter was Lady Frances Brandon, the mother of the Nine Days Queen, Jane Grey.

You can see all the girls here:

Margaret Beaufort: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Mar…

Elizabeth Woodville: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Eli…

Elizabeth of York: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Eli…

Margaret Tudor: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Mar…

Mary Rose Tudor: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Mar…

Catalina de Aragon: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Cat…

Anne Boleyn: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Ann…

Jane Seymour: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Jan…

Anna von Kleve: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Ann…

Kathryn Howard: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Kat…

Katherine Parr: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Kat…

Marie de Guise: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Mar…

Mary Tudor: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Mar…

Elizabeth Tudor: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Lad…

Frances Brandon: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Mar…

Mary Stuart: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Mar…

Jane Grey: marasop.deviantart.com/art/Jan…
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The White Queen!

Elizabeth Woodville was the first plebeian queen consort of England as the spouse of King Edward IV from 1464 until his death in 1483. Thanks to Elizabeth's great beauty, lack of great estates and being english yet still becoming queen, and she seized upon it to become a key figure in the ongoing dynastic civil wars now known as the Wars of the Roses.
She was the mother os the princes in the tower, and Elizabeth of York, the future wife of Henry VII, and mother of king Henry VIII, Margaret of Scots and Mary Rose of France.

c. 1471

image of this outfit: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…

more about her: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabet…
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Elizabeth of York was the queen consort of England, wife of Henry VII, and mother of King Henry VIII of England, Prince Arthur, Queen Margaret of Scotts, and Queen Mary of France (Duchess of Suffolk and grand mother of Queen Jane Grey).

Elizabeth's mother, Elizabeth Woodville, made an alliance with Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry Tudor, who had the closest claim to royalty of those in the Lancastrian party. Although Henry was descended from King Edward III, his claim to the throne was weak, due to the clause barring ascension to the throne by any heirs of the legitimized offspring of his great-great-grandparents, John of Gaunt (3rd son of King Edward III) and Katherine Swynford. Despite this, his mother and Elizabeth Woodville agreed Henry should move to claim the throne, and once he had taken it, he would marry Woodville's daughter, Elizabeth of York, uniting the two rival Houses (York and Lancaster) starting the Tudor Dynasty.

c. 1500

Images of her:
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more about her: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabet…
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Dolls of Robert Dudley, Elizabeth I and Dudley's wife Amy Robsart.

Amy Robsart married Dudley in a love match when they were teenagers. However they become estranged when Elizabeth took the throne. Dudley sent Amy to the countryside while he flirted and seduced the young queen hoping to marry her. Amy was heartbroken by Dudley's abandonment and became ill.

Rumors and gossip spread about Elizabeth and Dudley's relationship and many assumed that they would marry. At this point, Amy was found mysteriously dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs.
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Here are the four stages of Fantine's life. From the carefree girl in love, to the single mother to the prostitute to the poor dying wretch.

I'm going to do the rest of the women of Les Miserables but they are my interpretations of them lol. I'm also considering doing my interpretations of the women of Phantom of the Opera and maybe even Perfume.
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Part 2 of my Women of les Mis. Here we have Eponine when her family had money and when she was poor in Paris.
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Juana I of Castilla, known as "Juana la Loca" "Jane the Mad" (Toledo, November 6, 1479 - Tordesillas, April 12, 1555)

Catalina of Aragón (Alcala de Henares, December 15, 1485 - Kimbolton Castle, England, January 7, 1536)


Both traveled to marry and be queens of a foreign country, and both ended up living a tragic story.

Images copyright of Showtime and Enrique Cerezo P.C.
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Surely, Catherine remembered Spain (though he loved England) and above all, remember their childhood with his brother Juan and her sisters Isabel, Juana and Maria and her parents Fernando and Isabel.

Maria Doyle Kennedy as Catherine of Aragon in the serie "The Tudors".
Nerea Gárcia as Catherine as a Child in the film "Juana la Loca"
( Mad Love, the title in English)
And Juan, Isabel and Maria in the film "Juana la Loca"

Images copyright of Showtime and Enrique Cerezo P.C.
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Mary I of England and Queen consort of Spain.

"Be strong my daughter. Remember who are. The descendant of Isabella and Ferdinand of Castile and Aragon "

The last advice that Catherine say at Mary in person....

(Sarah Bolger as Mary Tudor, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Catherine of Aragon, Bláthnaid McKeown as joung Mary Tudor in "The Tudors"
Michelle Jenner as Isabella of Castile, Rodolfo Sancho as Ferdinand of Aragon in "Isabella, my Queen")

Images copyrihgt of Showtime and Diagonal TV
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I've updated this picture to include Anne Neville and Elizabeth of York.
The Cousins War is by Philippa Gregory and I made this on the tudor dollmaker on www.dolldivine.com
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I remade my version of Philippa Gregory's heroines with the game of thrones maker from www.dolldivine.com

The characters as always belong to their author and the game to its website (see above).
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This is how I imagine the main characters of Philippa Gregory's, "The Cousins War, Elizabeth Woodville: The White Queen, Margaret Beaufort: The Red Queen and Jacquetta of Luxembourg: The Lady of the Rivers.

The Historical Characters belong to themselves
This portrayal belongs to the author, Philippa Gregory
I made it on www.dolldivine.com using the tudor dollmaker.
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My new serieson The tudors Queen.
It's a doll, a portrait a informations about her death and reign and a question to make us think...
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My Anne Doll.

Next: Jane Seymour.
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Lucrecia and Mary, TO ME very misunderstood women.
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In 1468, Henry VIII Tudor married Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and niece of Richard III, the king who had been defeated by Tudor in the Battle of Bosworth.
With this wedding the conflict of the War of the Roses was over, because Elizabeth was a York and Henry a Lancaster from the side of his mother, the three-times widowed Margaret Beaufort. With the aim of seeing her son as king of England, this lady had conspired against Richard III with the help of Elizabeth Woodville, widow of Edward IV, who saw her brother-in-law Richard as a treacherous usurper.
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My version of the six wives of Henry VIII (with)... It's very difficult to make a Gable Hood for Jane Seymour and Katherine of Aragon!
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Mi versión de las seis esposas de Enrique VIII...¡Es muy difícil hacer un tocado Gable para Jane Seymour y Catalina de Aragón!
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All credit goes to Doll-Divine and Azalea's Dress Up Doll Tudor Maker
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Barbara Lennie played Joan of Portugal, Queen of Castile, in the series " Isabel" (2012).

Joan of Avis (1439 – 1475) was Queen consort of Castile as the second wife of King Henry IV of Castile and a Portuguese infanta, the posthumous daughter of King Edward of Portugal and his wife Eleanor of Aragon. She was born in the Quinta do Monte Olivete, Almada six months after the death of her father.

On 21 May 1455 in Córdoba, Spain, she married as his second wife King Henry IV of Castile who had repudiated his first consort, Blanche II of Navarre, after thirteen years of marriage. It was rumoured that their marriage had never been consummated due to the king's impotence. Henry and Joan shared the same maternal grandparents; Ferdinand I of Aragon and Eleanor of Alburquerque (making them first cousins). They also shared the same paternal great-grandfather; John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster (making them second cousins).

In February 1462, six years after Joan's marriage to Henry, she gave birth to a daughter, also named Joan, called La Beltraneja because of rumours that she was in fact the daughter of Don Beltrán de la Cueva, 1st Duke of Alburquerque, who was suspected of being Joan's lover.

At the Spanish court, prior to her banishment, Queen Joan, beautiful and passionate, had provoked much criticism as she allegedly wore dresses that displayed too much décolletage, and her wanton behaviour was considered scandalous. Joan has been credited with many lovers, including the poet Juan Rodríguez de la Cámara.

Henry banished Joan from the royal court and she went to live in Coca at the castle of Henry's supporter, Bishop Fonseca. She soon fell in love with Bishop Fonseca's nephew; they embarked on a sexual affair, which resulted in Joan bearing her lover two illegitimate sons. At the death of her former husband in 1474, Joan championed her daughter's right to succeed to the throne, but she died shortly thereafter.Joan died in Madrid on 12 December 1475 at the age of 36. She was buried in the Convent of San Francisco.
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Michelle Jenner as Isabella of Castile in " Isabel "
Rodolfo Sancho as Ferdinand of Aragon in " Isabel "
María Doyle Kennedy as Catherine of Aragon in " The Tudors "
Sarah Bolger as Mary Tudor in " The Tudors "
Pilar López de Ayala as Joanna of Castile in the film " Mad Love "
Sebastián Armesto as Charles V in " The Tudors "
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Michelle Jenner will be Isabella of Castile in “Isabel ”, a new spanish series, based on the life of Queen Isabella, produced by Diagonal TV for TVE. The first season tells the story of her childhood to her coronation as queen.
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