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Vlad Dracula
Richard III
Henry VIII
Anne Boleyn
Anne of Cleves
Mary Queen of Scots
Elizabeth I
Louis XIV
Peter the Great
Marie Antoinette
Napoleon Bonaparte
Catherine the Great
George III

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Anne of Cleves
The Flanders MareAlthough Anne is portrayed as a horse on page 25, she is also wearing the traditional flemish headress which I refer to as that "crazy stuffed sausage hat." Anne's headress must have seemed particularly strange to the English court where the gable and the french hood were worn by most women. We all know that kids can be so mean when someone isn't wearing the latest fashion craze and the Tudor court was no exception. On top of breaking a fashion faux pas, Anne couldn't speak a word of English, she didn't sing, play an instrument, or know any of the English dances. We have to wonder if her sense of foreigness colored Henry's first impression of her.


Anne of Cleves
English Fashion DON'T
Anne of Cleves made her entrance into England wearing the wrong hat, the wrong dress, and speaking the wrong language. If only one of her Dutch minions had whispered some fashion advice to her then Henry might not have disliked her appearance. Read more about Anne of Cleves>>

Two centuries later, Marie Antoinette would not make that mistake. Marie stripped off her Austrian fashions and swapped them for the latest French styles before she stepped foot into France.
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