The Freelance History Writer

King James III of Scotland was very good at collecting revenues. He was also very good at holding on to his revenues. However there was one item in the royal budget he didn’t skimp on and that was his wife’s wardrobe. Margaret of Denmark dressed at the height of fashion in mid-15th century Scotland.

King James’ mother, Mary of Guelders began a project of building the Church of the Holy Trinity in Edinburgh. Mary died when she was thirty and James took on the project and finished it. The first provost of the church Edward Bonkil commissioned a unique altarpiece, painted by the Flemish artist Hugo van der Goes. The central panel has disappeared but one of the wings has a portrait of Margaret dressed in royal robes. The mantle and skirt now appear very dark and may have been royal blue, azure or violet. The mantle and her jacket…

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