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If you haven’t seen the TV programme The Tudors, and like dramatic historical fiction, then you should definitely give this series a go. It’s rife with passion, betrayal, murder, mystery, intrigue and, of course, hats.

There are an awful lot to choose from – the money spent on costumes in this series must have been horrific, because they are lavish. One character who has a fine collection of hats is the devious Anne Boleyn who, even though she only lasts two series, must wear more fabulous outfits than any other character.

You know by now how much I love cossack hats, and this must be the 16th century version of one. I love the colour of this, with its flecks of brown and grey, and it matches her fur cape rather wonderfully. I also like the added decoration, which probably signifies something about her status, but I just like them because they spice the hat up.

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I could only find a small picture, but this is a riding hat that Anne Boleyn (played by Natalie Dormer) wears whilst out with Henry. It’s a good example of the ones I was talking about in this post, and it’s funny how little the style changed from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

Moving to a different character, this is Princess Mary, daughter of Catherine of Aragon and future Queen Mary 1. Perhaps the bright red is in reference to her posthumous title “Bloody Mary”, but ignoring these sinister connotations I do like the hat she’s wearing. It’s hard to see it properly in this picture, but I like that the red and beige feathers complement her dress and jacket, and the bold colours stand out so much against her pale skin.

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