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Doña Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda, Princess of Eboli, Duchess of Pastran (1540 - 1592)

Doña Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda, Princess of Eboli, Duchess of Pastrana-She was considered one of Spain’s greatest beauties, despite having lost an eye in a mock duel with a page when she was young.

Portraits of Queen Elizabeth The First, Part 2: Portraits 1573-1587

1580 Queen Elizabeth I Unknown Artist after Zuccarro COMPOSED Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be, Quoth Elizabeth prisoner.

Anne Boleyn, 1650 by tudor_chic, via Flickr

Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife, lived circa 1501 to by Frans Pourbus, Flemish painter.

Elizabeth of Valois - eldest daughter of Henry II of France & Catherine de' Medici. Her father insisted she share her bedroom w/ her future sister-in-law, Mary, Queen of Scots. She had to give precedence to Mary –a crowned queen. The 2 would remain close friends the rest of their lives. Though her sister Margaret & Mary of Scots were prettier, she was still considered attractive. She married to Philip II of Spain. Philip was enchanted by his 14 yr old bride & gave up his mistress.

1568 - Elizabeth of Valois, Queen of Spain, bust-length, wearing a jewelled headdress and a red embroidered dress by circle of Anthonis Mor

Madeleine de Valois, daughter of Francois I. Married James V of Scotland.

On 10 August 1520 Madeleine of Valois was born in France as the fifth child and third daughter of King Francis I of France and his first wife, Claude, Duchess of Brittany. Three years before her bi…

Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistador, ruled Peru for almost a decade

Francisco Pizarro: Spanish conquistador who defeated the Inca Empire by capturing and killing Emperor Atauhualpa, gaining the new territory of Peru for Spain.

Philip I (the handsome) and Joanna (the mad) of Castile, King and Queen of Castile 1504 - 1506/1555 (695×1091) (Picture by the master of St. Joseph, Vienna and French School)

Joanna of Castile – Childhood and betrothal

Filips de Schone en Joanna de Waanzinnige Joanna November 1479 – 12 April known as Joanna the Mad (Spanish: Juana la Loca), was heiress of the Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon, a union which evolved into modern Spain.

Portrait of Elizabeth of Valois, Queen of Spain - (after) Antonis Mor

Portrait of Elizabeth of Valois, Queen of Spain (detail), (after) Antonio Moro (aka. Anthonis Mor, and Anthonis Mor van Dashorst) (Dutch,

Archduchess Magdalena of Austria (1532-1590). Giuseppe Arcimboldi 1563, Italian artist (1527-1593)

I love that Arcimboldo casually has normal portraiture in addition to his cray amazing stuff/ Erzherzogin Magdalena, Tochter des Ferdinand I. von Habsburg Österreich by Giuseppe Arcimboldi, 1563

Marguerite de Valois 2 - Love the sleeves and the hair.

Marguerite de Valois, painted by Clouet in Musée Condé - Chantilly / France. Marguerite was the daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici

Maria Karoli Filia.jpg

Netherlandish Master of the Legend of Mary Magdalene (fl. — Portrait of Mary of Burgundy, the daughter of Charles the Bold : The Castle of Gaasbeek, Lennik, Flemish Brabant.

The Medici

Medici family - a powerful Italian family of bankers and merchants whose members effectively ruled Florence for much of the century and 1596 were grand dukes of Tuscany