16th Century
The Early Tudors
1.

Male servant

Reigning English Monarch
Henry V111 - 1509 to 1547
The servants are taken from a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in 1566. Peasant and servants dress remained very much the same for decades.
2.

Female servant

3.

Boozy old knight

The Late Tudors
Reigning English Monarch
Elizabeth 1 - 1558 to 1603
1.

Merchant family c.1570's

2.

Merchant

3.

Merchant and his wife

4.

A country professional gentleman

He was made to be a country herbalist

The Silk Laws.

The wool trade flourished in Tudor times, bringing great riches to the wool
merchants and anyone connected with that lucrative trade. It was also a
time of great class distinction. A law was passed forbidding anyone below
the class of merchant to wear silk. Thereby underlining both the upper
classes, and securing the massive use of wool.
5.

A country family

6.

A cook

7.

A young kitchen drab

8.

A farmer's wife going to market

9.

A pipe and drum man.

10.

A "Lady of the Town"

She is wearing green sleeves. Ladies of the night wore these as a badge of their profession - hence the song Henry VIII may have written - Greensleves.

11.

An Inn Keeper - theatrical

Turn of the century

The actors below, the King and Queen, with their two musicians are performing the play in HAMLET PRINCE OF DENMARK. The Queen is a young man, as women were not allowed on the stage at that time.
12.

A troop of strolling players performing

NB. Place your mouse over this image to view a close-up the King and Queen.