Belief in God may significantly improve the outcome of those receiving short-term treatment for psychiatric illness, according to a recent study conducted by McLean Hospital investigators.
Alençon lace, point d'Alençon or is sometimes called "Queen of lace", began in Alençon during the 16th century and rapidly expanded during the reign of Louis XIV by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, who established a Royal Workshop in the town to produce lace in the Venetian style in 1665. After the Reign of Terror, lace making was preserved by Carmelite nuns in Alençon. In 1976 a National Lace Workshop was established in the town to ensure that this lace-making technique survived.
Created by Suzi Clarke Ramirez was based on 16th century men's clothes, and I have now made two reproductions in velvet based on his costume from the film Highlander. The peacock feather cloak, (the peacock is a symbol of immortality!), had no origin in anything I could find, but is strongly reminiscent of various native clothes such as the Maori and Inuit ceremonial cloaks.
Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's younger sister, is not to be confused with Mary Tudor, Henry's daughter, who is known as Bloody Mary. Henry's sister was first married to Louis XII of France, much against her will. She was 19 at the time; Louis was 52. He only lived for 3 months after the wedding -- Mary then secretly married Charles Brandon, the Earl of Suffolk -- a close friend of Henry VIII's.
Hampton Court: You have to wonder how many Tudors, Elizabethans, Jacobeans looked out this window. And what their thoughts were, their worries, their comforts. All this, just from a 16th century window.