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Little Tudor felt dolls (VERY image heavy)

Long time no post!
Some of you might still remember my posts about Tudor dolls, though.
Well... I finally finished the set! =D

There was once an English king called Henry.

He got a special permission from the Pope to marry his older brother's widow, Katherine, a Spanish princess, and they lived happily for a while.

Unfortunately, all but one of Katherine's children died at a young age. The surviving child was a daughter, Mary.

Henry craved a male heir above everything else, so, as Katherine got older, his eye roved to one of her ladies-in-waiting, Anne Boleyn, and he turned the world upside down to divorce Katherine and marry Anne.

However, Anne also only gave him one surviving daughter, Elizabeth, and that wasn't acceptable for Henry's big dynasty plan.

Without the protection (although scarce as it was) of an Emperor nephew, like Katherine had, Anne was to be disposed of in a more definite way than divorce, and Henry had her accused of adultery (among other things) and summoned a French executioner to put Anne to death.

And poor Anne Boleyn was no more...

And there was Henry. King of England, leader of his own religion, free as a bird and in want of a male heir.
What was a guy to do but get a third wife?

So, 11 days after Anne's death, he married her former lady-in-waiting, Jane Seymour, who quickly became pregnant.
Would it finally be a boy? Or would Fate trick Henry out of his dreams once again?

Apparently, third time's the charm!
Jane gave birth to a baby boy named Edward, but soon happiness gave way to mourning.
Less than 2 weeks after having her son, Jane died of postnatal complications. =(

For 3 years Henry remained a widower, but, eventually, he returned to his marrying ways.
Surprisingly as it may seem given his past record of ONLY one divorce and one beheading, princesses weren't exactly knocking down his door at the time and it was a while until he settled his sights on a portrait of a certain Anne of Cleves and decided she was to be wife number 4.

Arrangements were made but, once she arrived in England and he saw her in person, he decided she wasn't to his liking after all and got the marriage annulled.
However, unlike his previous botched marriages, he did give her a nice tittle and income and allowed her to keep her head. Lucky girl!
But maybe it was just Henry being grateful, because being married to Anne, although for a short time, ended up settling him with his 5th wife.

Catherine Howard was a beautiful young girl who was serving as lady-in-waiting for Anne of Cleves (am I the only one seeing a pattern of ladies-in-waiting here?) when she caught Henry's eye and, soon after the annulment, became his queen.
History has it that she ruled supreme over Henry's heart for a while, but, nevertheless, she too had a spectacular fall from grace.
Once again, Henry VIII had a wife accused of treason due to infidelity and sentenced her to death.
(It is commonly accepted that, unlike her cousin, Anne Boleyn (beheading ran in the family, so it seems...), she was indeed unfaithful to Henry.)

And poor Kitty Howard had a date with the executioner... =(

But, if we know anything about Henry by now, is that wifelessness isn't a state he likes to be in.
Cue wife number 6, Katherine Parr.

Educated, motherly and the ultimate survivor, Katherine became a widow before Henry decided he wanted a 7th wife. ;)

The king is dead, long live little Eddie, now Edward VI!

Well... His reign wasn't exactly long, I'm afraid...
Never having had a strong health to begin with, Edward died when he was 15 years old.
Next in line?

Surprise, surprise!
Cunning little Edward wasn't too keen on having his older AND catholic half-sister Mary getting the throne, so he named a protestant cousin as his heir.
A cousin named Jane Grey.

But her story as Queen of England was even shorter and quite sad.
A puppet in the hands of ambitious families, poor Jane was Queen for just 9 days before Mary's faction overthrew her.
One year later, she was beheaded.

And so began the reign of Mary I, also known as Bloody Mary.

But Mary didn't rule for that long either.
4 years later, Mary died, childless, and left the throne to the dark horse of the Tudor race, her protestant half-sister Elizabeth.

The "useless" girl that her father didn't want, Elizabeth I marked what is considered by many as England's Golden Age, a period of amazing economical and cultural expansion during her 45 years reign.
However, that came with a personal cost. Elizabeth couldn't afford the alliances/rivalries ratio any marriage would create and chose to remain single.

But single doesn't necessarily mean alone... ;)

She had several favorites throughout the years, but none as special as Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester. (Bit of trivia: his brother was Lady Jane Grey's husband.)

Elizabeth had Dudley, Shakespeare, the state of Virginia in another continent and a beaten Invincible Armada (lol), but, like with every ruler in known History, not everybody was happy for her.
Even though the religious debacle was no longer at its peak, opposing factions still arose and one pretty catholic menace came down from Scotland.

Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots' life is a soap opera all of its own but, on the Tudor context, she was just one more menace to the ruler.
Eligible to the English throne due to being the granddaughter of Margaret Tudor, Henry VIII's sister, Mary spent 19 years in custody until a final plot convinced Elizabeth that the threat was too great and finally sentenced her to a death by (clumsy) beheading.

But, as Tudor History goes, there is always a twist.
Elizabeth died in 1603 without a child of her own to succeed her in the throne and she chose her heir.
The following King of England was to be Mary Stuart's son, James Stuart. =)

And so ends a dynasty and a new one begins.

I hope you enjoyed the ride!
It was a pleasure to share this project with you and your kind and supportive comments meant a lot to me. Thank you all!


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Feb. 20th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, these are amazing! And I learnt/remembered about all of those kings and queens at the same time! Fab. How long did they take you to make?
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you!
I've worked on this project on and off and had a few commissions in between to repeat several of them instead of moving on down the dinasty, but, from the first (Anne Boleyn) to the last (Edward), approx. 2 and a half years.
Thank heavens I'm stubborn! lol
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Feb. 20th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
These are just magnificent. You should be so proud of your creations, they're remarkable.
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you so much!
Oh, yes, I am VERY proud of them! <3 The Tudors were the ruler by which I measured the progress of my skill, so they're extra special to me!
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
I love, love love your dolls. They would make awesome illustrations for a children's history book. But maybe I'm one of the few people out there who could recite "Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived" and "Katherine, Anne, Jane, Anne, Catherine, Katherine" before they were 10.
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
=D <3<3<3<3 Thank you so much! I don't think I would have kept going through the years if it wasn't for my stubbornness AND all the amazing support I got from fellow LJers!
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
I love this! Your dolls are so beautiful and adorable. Mary Stuart is a cutie in that pink. Robert Dudley is a handsome fellow! I love the beard you put on him. I actually laughed out loud! hahaha Anne Boleyn... not haha at her death, but at the way you presented it. How long does each doll take you to make?
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you!!!

It really depends. I've made 7 Anne Boleyns so far and have her details pretty much nailed, so I can make one on a day off. An Elizabeth I, since her gowns are way more complex, can take about a week if my jobs' schedules aren't FUBARed.
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
These are all completely adorable and amazing! Very nicely done! I can't imagine all the time it took to hand bead all of those, and yet you have a great eye for spacing all those beads.
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you!
Trial and error. Oh, so much trial and error! =D Thank you for noticing!
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Absolutly Fabulous! OMG...I love the dolls...so awesome.
Feb. 20th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you! <3
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Feb. 20th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you!!!
Feb. 20th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
My Tudor-loving heart freaking ADORES these. Awesome.
Feb. 20th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you!
Feb. 20th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
The dolls are great, as always...but I especially loved your telling of the history behind it! It helps to put a cute plush to a name :)
Feb. 20th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you! The Tudors is such a soap opera! I wished I could go into all the story-lines as they are all very interesting imho, but that would surely mean a gigantic post! =D
Feb. 20th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
These are so fantastic! And I love love love the text you presented with the images!

Thanks so much; you made my Sunday! :D
Feb. 20th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you!
I wished I could have gone into all the story-lines as they are all very interesting imho, but that would surely mean a gigantic post! =D
And thank YOU! =D
Feb. 20th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
Your dolls are always amazing, but the full Tudor set together - wow! So much patience and skill!

(And this may be a bit morbid, but Anne's executioner is just too adorable for words!)
Feb. 20th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
<3 Thank you!!! =D

Eheheh! You'd be surprised how often I get that about him! =D
Feb. 20th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
loves it!
Feb. 20th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
=) Thank you!
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Feb. 20th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
=) I hope she enjoys them!
Feb. 20th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
every time I see your posts I have to come back 3 or 4 times in order to see everything. These are lovely, just lovely.
Feb. 20th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you!
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Feb. 20th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
=D Thank you!
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