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Penelope Rich was a notorious Elizabethan beauty, inspiring poetry and praise from the courtly male elite. But as a married women she also achieved a certain notoriety and fame by virtue of a series of love affairs. Born into the wealthy Essex family in 1563, Penelope was the daughter of Walter Devereux, first Earl of Essex and his wife, Lettice Knollys.

Penelope Rich was a notorious Elizabethan beauty, inspiring poetry and praise from the courtly male elite. But as a married women she also achieved a certain notoriety and fame by virtue of a series of love affairs. Born into the wealthy Essex family in 1563, Penelope was the daughter of Walter Devereux, first Earl of Essex and his wife, Lettice Knollys.

Lettice Knollys, Daughter of Henry Knollys, Grand Daughter of Catherine Carey, Great-Grand Daughter of Mary Boleyn.

Lettice Knollys, Daughter of Henry Knollys, Grand Daughter of Catherine Carey, Great-Grand Daughter of Mary Boleyn.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Portrait of Mary Kytson Lady Darcy of Chiche, Later Lady Rivers: Tate Britain

Portrait of Mary Kytson Lady Darcy of Chiche, Later Lady Rivers: Tate Britain

The Jewel Anne Boleyn sent to King Henry VIII depicting a woman on a ship in a storm tossed sea signifying that she was willing to brave the tempest with Henry and he was the diamond guiding the ship as her protector.

The Jewel Anne Boleyn sent to King Henry VIII depicting a woman on a ship in a storm tossed sea signifying that she was willing to brave the tempest with Henry and he was the diamond guiding the ship as her protector.

On this day (Feb. 25th) in 1571, Queen Elizabeth I promoted her hardworking secretary, William Cecil to the peerage, creating him Baron Burghley. He also earned a seat in the House of Lords. -BeingBess http://beingbess.blogspot.com/2014/02/on-this-day-in-elizabethan-history_25.html IMAGE: A portrait of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, depicted in his robes for The Order of the Garter.

On this day (Feb. 25th) in 1571, Queen Elizabeth I promoted her hardworking secretary, William Cecil to the peerage, creating him Baron Burghley. He also earned a seat in the House of Lords. -BeingBess http://beingbess.blogspot.com/2014/02/on-this-day-in-elizabethan-history_25.html IMAGE: A portrait of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, depicted in his robes for The Order of the Garter.

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 or 1124 – 1 April 1204) was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in western Europe during the High Middle Ages and a member of the Ramnulfid dynasty of rulers in southwestern France. She became Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right while she was still a child, then later Queen consort of France (1137–1152) and of England (1154–1189). She was the patron of literary figures such as Wace, Benoît de Sainte-Maure, and Bernart de Ventadorn.

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 or 1124 – 1 April 1204) was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in western Europe during the High Middle Ages and a member of the Ramnulfid dynasty of rulers in southwestern France. She became Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right while she was still a child, then later Queen consort of France (1137–1152) and of England (1154–1189). She was the patron of literary figures such as Wace, Benoît de Sainte-Maure, and Bernart de Ventadorn.

Dorothy Cary, later Viscountess Rochford, by William Larkin, 1614-1618.

Dorothy Cary, later Viscountess Rochford, by William Larkin, 1614-1618.

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