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Story: King Edward VI and the Pope


The painting may well have been produced during the reign of Elizabeth I to commemorate the anti-papal policies of Edward VI and to celebrate the successful re-establishment of the Church of England under Elizabeth I.


This complex allegorical painting has been the subject of a complete monograph, ‘The King’s Bedpost’ by the historian Margaret Aston. A video has been made on the recent conservation of the portrait

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