queen europe

anonymous asked:

A lot of times Anne and other Queens & ladies of Renaissance Europe celebrated masquerades and pageants, dressing as godesses, nymphs, mermaids, gorgons and other mythological beasts... How did these outfits look? Would these costumes be very diferent from the usual court dresses?

While court masques were a popular entertainment during Henry VIII’s reign (and before), they really hit their stride during Elizabeth’s reign and those of the Stuarts. This account describes the costumes of the famous 1522 Chateau Vert pageant: the men wore “clothe of golde cappes […] and great mantell clokes of blewe Sattin” and were led by the figure of Ardent Desire, dressed in “Crymosyn Sattin wyth burninge flames of golde” (pg. 30). The women, at least those who guarded the Virtues in the castle, had “‘Scorn’ and other shrewish names embroidered on their gowns” (pg. 30). To me this sounds expensive in terms of material, but not radically different from the kinds of clothes courtiers would have been wearing anyway.

Then we get to the Elizabethan and Jacobean masques. A 1604 masque titled The Vision of the Twelve Goddesses got its costumes from the wardrobe of the recently-deceased Elizabeth herself, although they may have been “restyled” to better resemble Classical clothing (pg. 228). The Masque of Blackness in 1605 starred Queen Anne and several noblewomen in costumes of “azure […] siluer…[and] sea-greene, waued about the skirts with gold and siluer”, which were apparently “too light and Curtizan-like” according to one observer (228). The “courtesan” sentiment kinda reminds me of something like this.

Costuming masques became more and more expensive, and there are records of costumes for everything from Greek gods and goddesses, to “fairy knights”, to ancient Roman “parade armor”, all made of “rich fabrics adorned with jewels” (227, 229). What’s really awesome about these later masques is that we actually have a lot of surviving costume designs for them! I can’t imagine how awesome these must have looked in person.

Finally, a fun little note: apparently wearing black paint on one’s face was considered an alternative to wearing an actual mask during, well, a masque. Henry VIII and His Six Wives used this to pretty creepy effect in this scene, where Anne Boleyn participates in an inaccurately timed but still cool masque - and yes, the dancing did get that elaborate!

when talking about lgbtq fave monarchs in european countries consider:

[Queen Christina of Sweden. Lived 1626 – 1689.  Artist: Sébastien Bourdon. Potrait created 1653.]

the rest of the historical lgtq monarchs of europe, get on Queen Christinas level!

Because 19th century is full of funny historical figures and writers, Jane Austen is actually the only person thinking, Chateaubriand the biggest drama queen in Europe and Goethe hides his gothic kid side.


history edit: 

 ↳ Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine (b.1122) , is most noted for being the most wealthiest woman of Europe during the High Middle Ages. By marrying King Louis VII of France, she became Queen Consort of France, and Louis was reportedly in love with her. Unfortunately, after bearing him two daughters, the marriage was annulled due to marital issues. She then married Henry II of England, and bore him eight children, including Richard I and John of England. She had outlived her her husband Henry, and all her children except for John of England and Eleanor, Queen of Castile. She lived well into John’s reign, passing at the age of 81/82 (d.1204). 

Eleanor was also noted for “courtly love” and, known for her tremendous beauty. Not much is known of how she looked, the effigy on her tomb shows a tall and large-boned woman with brown skin, however this may not be an accurate representation. 

 Aiysha Hart as young Eleanor // Hiam Abbas as older Eleanor