The English Renaissance roughly corresponds to the period often called Tudor after the ruling though short-lived dynasty of that name. It covers just over a hundred years from the victory of Henry Tudor at Bosworth Field to the death of Elizabeth I. Henry clearly liked the new styles and brought in Italian craftsmen to build his tomb at Westminster Abbey. By the end of the period the styles were well established. Many of the images are from church monuments and brasses. The dates are not always exact and may be date of death rather than the monument. The quality of brasses is very variable. There are separate sections for the Culpeper monument at Goudhurst and the large number of brasses at Biddenden.


A brass memorial to Thomas Halakynden. He wears armour but his sons are dressed as civilians. 1558. Woodchurch church, Kent


A brass memorial to the first wife of Thomas Halakynden. She wears a long sleeved overgown and a gabled headdress. Her three daughters do not show up well. 1558. Woodchurch church, Kent


A brass memorial to the second wife of Thomas Halakynden. She also wears a long sleeved overgown but with a smaller form of gabled headdress. There is a jewel at her waist. 1558. Woodchurch church, Kent


A man wearing a long robe with fur trim or lining and round toed shoes. 1525. Church at East Peckham, Kent.


A woman wearing a gabled headdress and a tight sleeved gown with an eleborate belt. 1525. Church at East Peckham, Kent.


William Lovelace died 1591. He wears a long fur trimmed or lined gown with false sleeves behind his shoulders with a striped pattern. His wide sleeved doublet sleeved show. He also wears a ruff. Bethersden church, Kent


Dame Elizabeth Powninges died 1528. She waers a gabled headdress with lappets and a loose belted gown with a square neck. The belt is quite elaborate with a chain and tassel. Brabourne church, Kent


A woman c1600 in a high collared overgown with puffed sleeves above what look like fashionably slashed sleeves. She wears a belt and a small cap. There maybe a ruff but it is hard to see. Brabourne church, Kent


A man probably of the Scott family c 1600 wearing a long fur trimmed or lined gown with long empty sleeves. His arms use only the upper parts. Benath he wears a shirt and belted doublet with a purse. Brabourne church, Kent


A woman, possibly of the Scott family c1600. She wears a high collared overgown with puff sleeves and a lace collar. The open skirt seems to have small laces attached. Her cap is wide and flat. Brabourne church, Kent


A bearded man, perhaps a second husband c1600. He wears a long fur trimmed or lined robe with long false sleeves. He only uses the upper parts and displays the lace cuffs of his doublet. He either wears a close fitting cap or has short hair. Brabourne church, Kent


A man c 1510 with shoulder length hair and a long sleeved fur trimmed or lined gown. He wears a belt with a large purse and possibly rosary beads. Staple church, Kent.


A man in very fine plate armour c 1520. It is possibly exaggerated. Goudhurst church, Kent.


Thomas Selwyn died 1539. He wears his hair shoulder length and a long fur trimmed or lined sleeveless gown. The bag sleeves of his doublet are visible. Friston church, Sussex.


The wife of Thomas Selwyn. She wears a long belted gown with tight sleeves and fur cuffs. The belt is looped over and has a decorative end piece. Her gabled headdress seems to be raised at the back. Friston church, Sussex.


Thomas Robartes and one wife c1517. He wears a long sleeved gown probably fur trimmed or lined and a belt with a large purse. His wives are all shown identically with long tight sleeved gowns with cuffs and gabled headdresses. Brenechley church, Kent.


Richard Idon a pre-reformation priest holding a chalice and wafer. He wears a cope which would probably have been richly embroidered over a chausable with a stole which was probably also embroidered with religious motifs. He died in 1523. Clayton church, Sussex


A 16th century English wall-hanging with a rose pattern. V and A Museum, London


A leather doublet found in excavations. Museum of London.


A reconstructed gabled headdress made for trying on! Museum of London


A pair of shoes with square toes and embroidered tongues. Museum of London


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