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A photo of the handwritten final letter of mary, queen of scots written in 1587

Object of the Week: Mary, Queen of Scots' final letter - "I am to be executed like a criminal"

On February 8 1587, at 2am on the morning of her execution, Mary, Queen of Scotland, wrote to her former brother-in-law, the French King Henry III.

a watercolour drawing of a palace with a main crenelated tower and dome

Henry VIII's lost palace of Nonsuch - V&A acquires a painting that shows us what it looked like

A watercolour by the celebrated Flemish painter Joris Hoefnagel depicting Henry VIII's fabled lost palace of Nonsuch has been 'saved for the nation' by the V&A.

A photo of a yellow and red death warrant for charles the 1st during the 17th century

Object of the Week: The death warrant of King Charles I

King Charles II was bent on revenge on the 29 signees of the death warrant which led to his father's execution in 1649.

A photo of a portrait of Queen Elizabeth the first called the armada portrait

Save the Armada Portrait: Public appeal launched to save £10 million painting of Elizabeth I

A 16th century portrait will enter public ownership for the first time in its 425-year history and be hung on the site of the original Greenwich Palace if a public appeal raises £8.6 million.

A photo of an artistic reinterpretation of the skull of king richard the third

Artist uses X-ray scans of King Richard III's skull to create a forensic record of his remains

Alexander de Cadenet has used X-rays of the skull of Richard III to create a series of vanitas artworks more than 500 years after the king's death.

a photo of a grave with a skeleton inside it

Immersive 3D digital grave reconstruction marks one year since Richard III re-interment

Leicester is marking the first anniversary of the re-interment of Richard III by launching a new 3-D interactive of the king's skeleton and grave as it was discovered.

a photo of a page of ink handwriting

New John Dee discovery reveals resemblance to mother and a mysterious 'dwarf'

As if there wasn't already enough interest in the forthcoming John Dee exhibition, curators at the Royal College of Physicians have uncovered a hitherto undeciphered page of biographical information......

An image of a painting of a boy in royal clothing - edward the sixth, henry the eighth's only son

Hidden portrait of Henry VIII's only son, Edward VI, emerges in painting of boy king who died at 15

A previously unknown portrait of Henry VIII’s only son, Edward VI, has been discovered in the art collection of London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

a photo of a corner of a book with a doodle of an Elizabethan galleon in the corner

A magical glimpse into the Tudor imagination: Lost library of John Dee to be revealed

An unmissable glimpse into the Tudor imagination is promised by the Royal College of Physicians who will be showing books from the extraordinary lost library of polymath, mathematician and magician......

A photo of the stained, blue-green sleeved waistcoat worn by Charles the First at his execution

Object of the Week: The knitted silk waistcoat worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649

This fine, originally blue-green sleeved waistcoat or vest has traditionally been identified as one of the garments worn by Charles on the day he died, probably over a linen undershirt.

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