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Fashion, film, art, architecture c. 1000-1800

Child with three skulls; an hourglass on a window sill at right. 1529
Print made by Barthel Beham 

Masters of mood and ambi3nce, Alexander Waterworth Interiors combine muted colors with rough-hewn antiques to create magic in a 17th century masseria in Southern Italy.
Beeston Castle, Cheshire

Queen Elizabeth I’s secret locket ring. It wasn’t discovered until her death that the ring opened up to reveal two portraits of her and her mother Queen Anne Boleyn.

Gdańsk, Poland: Pelplin Abbotts’ House, a Mannerist tenement located at the Elżbietańska Street. Built in 1612, it’s one of the few Old Town buildings that survived the 2nd World War. The wooden balustrade, depicting biblical ‘Susanna and the Elders’ scene, is one of the few surviving elements of its original interior design. Photograph © czuczman

Machina del Mondo. Ogn’un cerca di star sopra il compagno (Hand-colored etching); 1675-1710.

17th century astronomical moon phase chart.

Title Page, Mercurius Melancholicus, Mistris Parliament Brought to Bed of a Monstrous Childe of Reformation.
University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts. Call number Rare Book Collection DA 412 1648 M531 1648, 2014
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So wanted to incorporate this into my dissertation

St. Peter’s church: Chertsey, Surrey. England

Mary Queen of Scots at Wingfield Manor, Derbyshire, England
Wingfield Manor was built around 1450 for Ralph de Cromwell, 3rd Baron Cromwell, then Chancellor of England, on the site of a 12th-century castle and was bought by the second Earl of Shrewsbury. The design was the inspiration for Hampton Court Palace in London.
The sixth Earl of Shrewsbury was entrusted with the care of Mary, Queen of Scots, when she was detained from 1569 onwards, in his various houses around Derbyshire, Wingfield among them. It may have been here that she met Anthony Babington, whose family lived at Dethick nearby, who organised the abortive Babington Plot, a Recusant Catholic plot against Elizabeth I. The walnut tree in the north courtyard is reputed to have grown from a seed left when Anthony Babington smeared walnut juice over his face to disguise himself and enter the castle to see Mary, Queen of Scots. Unfortunately, the tree is not old enough for this story to be true.
At the time of the English Civil War (1642–48), the manor was in the hands of the Earl of Shrewsbury, a Parliament supporter. The Manor was taken by the Royalists in 1643 and then, after a siege, retaken by Parliament in 1644. It was located in what was then a strategic position near a main north-south artery of the country. It was partially demolished at the end of the Civil War, and then renovated some years later for Immanuel Halton, an astronomer. It was later further damaged when stone was taken for building Wingfield Hall, in the valley below. The manor has been deserted since the 1770s.