To mark the beginning of ‘Movember’, here’s a look at some of the facial hair styles adopted by the Tudors and Stuarts, ranging from “boyish” to “strictly no-nonsense”, by way of the peculiarly popular “rakish”.
Top row, left to right: Christopher Marlowe; “The Laughing Cavalier”; Francis Drake.
Middle row, left to right: William Shakespeare; James I; James I’s “favourite” George Villiers, the First Duke of Buckingham.
Bottom row: Henry VIII; William Cecil, Lord Burghley; Thomas Cranmer.
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