- "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.
------------------------- 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
------------------------- 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.
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?