Monday, August 12, 2013

UK Blog #39: Hampton Court Palace: An Impossible Tudor Painting

As we walked through Hampton Court Palace, Tom pointed out a painting from 1545 that could not be possible. Jane Seymour, his favorite wife, died in childbirth with Henry's son Edward VI. The painting shows Jane and a 6 year old Edward VI. The painting also contained a female and a male fool on either side.
The Family of Henry VIII, by an unknown artist.



According to Suzanna Lipscomb who wrote an article about the painting in historytoday.com, that shows Henry VIII with his long-dead, favorite wife, Jane Seymour, his son Edward and his daughters Mary and Elizabeth. Lipscomb noted that the male fool had a monkey on his shoulders.  Historians identified the fool as William Somer, the king’s fool.

Left to Right in the painting: 'Mother Jak', The Lady Mary, Prince Edward, Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, The Lady Elizabeth and Wil Somers

  On the left side of the painting is a bald woman, who Lipscomb said is probably ‘Jane the Fool’, fool to Anne Boleyn, Princess Mary and Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and actual wife at the time. By adding them in the painting, it suggests that fools had an important and privileged role in the Tudor court.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next