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  • Broadside ballad on cuckolds

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This 17th-century ballad entitled ‘Cuckolds Haven’ betrays the early modern obsession with cuckolds – men who were depic...

  • Drawings of the funeral procession of Elizabeth I

    Manuscript, Image, Illustration Created date: 1557–1603

    This early 17th-century manuscript contains unique coloured drawings of the funeral procession of Queen Elizabeth I, who...

  • Nice Wanton, a Tudor interlude

    Quarto, Book

    Nice Wanton is a work of drama from c. 1550 by an unknown author. Its genre is the ‘interlude’, a popular genre in Tudor...

  • Portrait of John Donne, c. 1595

    Painting, Image Created date: c. 1595

    This atmospheric oil painting depicts John Donne (1572–1631) as a romantic young writer. It is one of the first known p...

  • Rapier, c. 1600

    Object Created date: c. 1600

    This highly ornate rapier or thin sharp sword – 131cm long – was made in France around 1600. It was intended for display...

  • Richard III, arch-topped portrait, c. 1510–40

    Painting, Image Created date: c. 1510–40

    The arch-topped portrait, held by the Society of Antiquaries, is thought to be the earliest surviving painting of King R...

  • Richard III, portrait with overpaint, c. 1504–20

    Painting, Image Created date: c. 1504–20

    This painting in the Royal Collection was first recorded in an inventory of Henry VIII’s collection and would have been ...