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Elizabeth Bourchier Cromwell (1598-1665), wife of the Lord Protector: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30313329

Oliver Cromwell remains an intensely controversial figure - the subject of ongoing debate. But little is known about Elizabeth Bourchier.

Sir Thomas Fairfax.

8 Changes That Brought Victory for the New Model Army

The early years of the English Civil Wars did not always go well for the Parliamentary army.

Martin Luther, father of Christianity's Protestant Reformation.  Painted c. 1532 in the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder in Dresden.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

Martin Luther (1483–1546)

Martin Luther atelier van Lucas Cranach de Oude NOTES: Luther's history: Relics & Saints do not hold power; transubstantiation (Duits, © Metropolitan Museum of Art

Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757)  Scarlatti was a well-trained and professional composer able to write successfully for a number of genres. Unlike his father, he found the keyboard composition sufficiently challenging and inspirational for him to be content for supplying his patroness with over 500 such works, a project which fully occupied his last two decades.

Musicians like Domenico Scarlatti made the early harpsichord popular, an instrument which would become the piano

1700 Prince James Francis Edward Stuart by Alexis Simon Belle

1700 Prince James Francis Edward Stuart by Alexis Simon Belle

funny video..... It reenacts the moment when the great society painter Peter Lely (1618-1680) was asked to paint a portrait of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell.

It reenacts the moment when the great society painter Peter Lely was asked to paint a portrait of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell.

Sir Nathaniel Bacon (Self Portrait)" by Sir Nathaniel Bacon (pre-1627, about 1610)

Nathaniel Bacon, 1625 - self portrait - (English, 1585 - / Bacon was an exceptionally skillful amateur painter and gardener. Only a small group of 9 of his paintings survive.

Oliver Cromwell by Robert Walker, tentatively dated to 1650, in the surprisingly 'gay attire' of 'petticoat breaches', lacy boot-hose and a plumed hat.

Oliver Cromwell by Robert Walker(circle of). Oil on canvas, 205 x 130 cm (estimated). Full length portrait of Cromwell shown in a landscape wearing a buff coat and breastplate, holding his staff of office and a plumed hat.

Elizabeth Cromwell,Elizabeth was the wife of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland. She is sometimes referred to as the Lady Protectress.

Carlos I of Spain (Charles V Holy Roman Emperor)

Barend van Orley: Portrait of Charles V, ca Budapest, Szépművészeti Múzeum.

Attributed to William Larkin, The Countess of Shirley. ?1620s

The Countess of Shirley by William Larkin Undated, but the hairstyle suggest 1620 or thereabout per Isiswardrobe

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