Tudor children and teens.
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King Henry Viii
The Tudor Family
English Royal Plate: The baptism of The prince of Wales in St James Chapel, London, January 1842, with Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, the Duchess of Kent, Victoria's mother, Etc.
A miniature of a young Queen Elizabeth I, attributed to Levina Teerlinc, 1565. Teerlinc's biography: http://www.beingbess.blogspot.com/2012/11/levina-teerlinc-female-miniature.html
Leading stings were commonly employed on children's dresses from the 16th to 18th Century. They were precisely what they sounded like. The strips of fabric matching or coordinated with the dress fabric that were sewn on to the dress at the shoulders. The other end fell freely down the back of the dress. Some dresses did not have leading strings sewn on directly, but they would be pinned on.
Portrait of the infant Prince Edward by Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1538. Pen and black ink on paper, compass point. Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett. This roundel depicts Prince Edward sitting on a cushion with a pet dog by his side. Surrounding him are oak leaves and acorns, symbol of renewal, which allude to the continuation of the Tudor line through Edward, Henry’s only surviving legitimate son. The image was probably intended to be engraved onto some precious object.
When a baby was born, in the Tudor age, it was washed then swaddled. This means the baby was wrapped in linen bands from head to foot. People believed that this was important. They thought that if they did not do this the child would grow up with a deformed body. Sometimes the nurses would try to change the shape of the baby by wrapping the bands very tight. The baby lived indoors for the first month of its life and during that time it would be completely swaddled. After that time the baby...