Mrs. Anne Turner. Executed Nov. 15th 1615


The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress by Ninya Mikhaila & Jane Malcolm-Davies.

A valuable sourcebook for costume designers, dressmakers and those involved in historical reenactments, this book contains all the information you need to create authentic clothes from the Tudor period.


17th century clothing. Edwardian widow costume. Mrs. Anne Turner. England Tudor mourning clothing

Mrs. Anne Turner. Executed Nov. 15th 1615

Mrs. Anne Turner in Edwardian widow costume. Executed Nov. 15th, 1615.

Mrs. Anne Turner (born Anne Norton 1576–1615), English maidservant convicted of the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury. The Thomas Overbury affair was the greatest scandal of seventeenth century England featuring a heady mix of adultery, murder and necromancy, and has been described as “one of the most sensational crimes in English history”. Mrs Anne Turner (1576 – 1615), was the widow of a respectable London doctor who was hanged at Tyburn for her role in the famous 1613 poisoning of Sir Thomas Overbury.

Turner was hanged at Tyburn on 15 November 1615. Her hangman, not by coincidence, also wore “bands and cuffs of the same colour.” Yellow starch then went out of fashion. Turner reportedly left behind three illegitimate children she had with the English politician Sir Arthur Mainwaring (c.1580 – 1648).


Creating Historical Clothes: Pattern cutting from Tudor to Victorian times by Elizabeth Friendship.

Lavishly illustrated with historical paintings and portraits from each era, this book is ideal for costume students, professional costumiers, and anyone who wants to recreate authentic yet wearable period styles.


The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman.

England’s Tudor monarchs―Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I―are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history.