Mini-Majesty: Dynasty and Succession in the Portraiture of Henry VIII and Edward VI

  • Naomi Yavneh KlosEmail author
Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)


This chapter will focus on the dynastic portraiture of Henry VIII and his family, with a particular emphasis on the work of Hans Holbein, especially Holbein’s portrait of the future Edward VI as a toddler, painted as a New Year’s gift to Henry in 1539. Focusing on the duality of official royal portraits, in which heirs are presented not just as figures of themselves but also as precisely positioned members of a family lineage, it examines the complex relationship between parent and child as conveyed in Renaissance paintings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Honors ProgramLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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