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of the street, click on one of the parts above for whichever section you
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The print shows the visit of Mary de Medici, daughter of the grand
duke of Tuscany, in 1639. She was the mother of the English Queen, Henrietta
Maria, the wife of Charles I. She stayed in England for about two years
but was generally hated by the populace as a scheming political intriguer
and, being a Catholic, was suspected of desires to overthrow English Protestantism.
The houses would have been mostly constructed of wood and wattle daub.
They have the typical overhanging construction of the Elizabethan period,
made possible by the use of oak beams. A house front of a similar style
and date is kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Further details of the buildings are given with each individual enlargement.
The print is from Histoire de L'entree de La Reine Mere dans La
Grande Bretagne, by P. de la Serre. 1639.
Re-printed in London in 1775 by W. Bowyer and J. Nichols.