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Tudor rose

Image of an oil painting showing a close up of Tudor rose on a chain

Detail from Sir Thomas More, 1527 Oil on panel 29 ½ x 23 ¾ inches by Hans Holbein The Younger (1497/98–1543)

© The Frick Collection, New York

    • The Tudor rose was the emblem for the Tudor family. It was like a logo they used to show that they were a part of this family. They also used it to mark their possessions as theirs, so members of the Tudor family, such as Henry VIII,  would put it on many things.

      Below is an image of Sir Thomas More, an English lawyer, scholar, member of parliament and chancellor during the reign of Henry VIII. You can see he wears a chain with a pendant of the Tudor rose around his neck.

      Oil painting of a man wearing a black cap,a fur-lined red and black velvet robe and a gold chain with the Tudor Rose around his neck.Hans Holbein The Younger (1497/98–1543) Sir Thomas More, 1527 Oil on panel 29 ½ x 23 ¾ inches© The Frick Collection, New York
      This is an example of one that has survived a long stay under the sea. This rose that was found carved onto a gun on the Mary Rose.

       
      A detail from the Mary Rose showing a Tudor Rose© Mary Rose Trust
      Can you find out why the Tudors used roses as their emblem? What colour rose did they use?

      Imagine that archaeologists are looking at artefacts from our lives at the moment, five hundred years in the future.

      What symbol or emblem could we use to represent us? Can you choose one design or picture that you think would stand the test of time?
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