Edward VI Tudor tapestry

Circa 1551

W 57" × H 23 3/4"

Stock # Marh2636


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Edward VI tapestry, the betrothal of Elisabeth of Valois to Edward VI. The scene depicts Edward VI sat in a banqueting house holding his sceptre with Elisabeth of Valois on his right and Lord protector Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset on his left, with Tudor roses, foliate and birds above, with a hunting scene beneath. This scene is depicted twice side by side. In July 1551 the French Maréchal St. André visited the English court, ostensibly to bestow the prestigious Order of St. Michael on Edward VI, but also for negotiations about a marriage between the young English King and the even younger French princess Elisabeth de Valois. Amid the specially erected ‟banqueting houses“ and pavilions in Hyde Park Edward had lots of fun playing host.

In the course of the festivities a marriage settlement was indeed agreed upon (after much haggling over the dowry). Early the next year Edward sent his six-year-old bride a “fair diamond”, from the late Catherine Parr’s collection of jewels.