The Tudor Dynasty

Tudor Brothers

Hilliard Paintings

Pregnant Queen Elizabeth?

What's In A Name?

Queen Elizabeth and Sons?

A portrait by the Dutch painter De Larray of Queen Elizabeth with two children. One child holds a helm. (symbol of Orpheus and of Athena)

Bacon's future role-- "as he saw himself destined to hold one day in his hands the helm of the Kingdom." (Pierre Ambiose, 1631, in the first biography of Francis Bacon, this is a description, surely, of the heir to the throne).

The other child holds a feather, indicating martyrdom; Bacon's brother, Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex, who was eventually executed in the Tower of London for treason.