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Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley

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Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, after Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), 17th century - NPG D1301 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley

after Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, 17th century
6 1/8 in. x 4 7/8 in. (156 mm x 124 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D1301


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Darnley's reputation as an impetuous and vainglorious young man seems to be reflected in this portrait by the jaunty tilt of his head and sideways glance.

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Current affairs

Death of Queen Elizabeth I at Richmond. She names King James VI of Scotland as her successor in her final moments. The Stuart dynasty begins with his accession as King James I of England. Sir Walter Ralegh is implicated in a plot to prevent King James I's succession. He is found guilty of High Treason and imprisoned.

Art and science

William Shakespeare writes Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure and Othello at about his time. The poet and lexicographer John Florio publishes his English translation of the French writer Michel de Montaigne's Essais. Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk begins construction of Audley End, Essex. Completed in 1616, it is the largest private residence in England.

International

Tokugawa Ieyasu confirms his rule of Japan by receiving the title of shogun from the emperor. The Tokugawa shogunate will rule Japan until 1867. In Ireland, Charles Blount, Lord Deputy of Ireland, defeats the Irish ending the Nine Years' War with Ireland. Blount signs the Treaty of Mellifont with Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, leader of the Irish resistance, obtaining Tyrone's acceptance of the English monarchy's authority.

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