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without her by nami64 without her by nami64
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"Though founded on pragmatism, Henry and Elizabeth’s marriage had nevertheless blossomed throughout the uncertainty and upheaval of the previous eighteen years. This was a marriage of ‘faithful love’, of mutual attraction, affection and respect, from which the king seems to have drawn great strength -indeed, it was the kind of marriage that their second son, Prince Henry [future Henry VIII] would spend his whole life trying to find. With Elizabeth’s burial, the lights went out all over Henry VII’s court. The reign was plunged into crisis. Henry, shattered, would never be the same again."

                               - Thomas Penn, Henry VII - The Winter King.


"The King remained in seclusion at Richmond for six weeks after the funeral, prostrate with grief and so ill with quinsy—a complication of tonsillitis that can cause breathing difficulties—that it was said he was near death. He was unable to swallow and could barely open his mouth. His mother came to nurse him, bringing sweet wine and ordering physic for him. It seems that the loss of Elizabeth [...] impacted badly on Henry; as for the remaining six years of his life, his health steadily declined. By 1504 he had become “a weak man and sickly, not likely to be no long-lived man."

                               - Alison Weir, Elizabeth of York: a Tudor Queen and her world.




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Henry Tudor and Elizabeth of York
because if you want to read about a great relationship, read books about these two, and by 'books' i mean REAL books by REAL historians! the two books i quote are great :)


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so indeed, this drawing shares a lot of similarities with my "her wake" about Thomas and Martha. what can i say? i love to draw widowers being total wreck without their love. *oops* ANYWAY, here something with Henry and Elizabeth. I used her 'official' portrait as reference... i hope you like it. It took me an entire week to finish.

media: piece of paper, pencil, hands, photoshop


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seremela05 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very interesting. I've been looking for GOOD books like these to look into. thanks for the suggestion and wonderful work as always dear! 
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nami64 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
thank you :)
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Ananomouse Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
wow.  Can we have more of these two?
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suninthedark Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So powerfull... Great work, dear! I love your historical love drawings! Keep the good and inspirational work :hug:
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Bzibzianka Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
I love how your art makes historical figures so human and allows us to identify with them :heart:
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thegirlfromindonesia Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
despite the tragic theme, this is really beautiful! Those books sounds really interesting, too.
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SilentSamurai96 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
although I hate the tudor dynasty i really like this concept
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emalee86 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You art is always so tragic. :tears: :rose: but I love it so much! :faint: I think I look forward to your deviations more any of the others I watch. :happybounce: 
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Londonroze Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
This is beautiful I especially love Elizabeth's eyes and how you used an actual portrait for Elizabeth  the gold hue of her hair which her son inherited ,and your use of lighting which is very effective. I'm thinking of reading the Alison Weir book about Elizabeth of York is it any good? 
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nami64 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Alison Weir's book is very good. there are some parts boring because they are list of items she bought or the size of the rooms in a palace but expect that, it's very intersting and shows us the unique relationship between her and Henry :)
and thank you for your compliments!
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