Mary, Duchess of Burgundy (1457-1482). Mary was born at Brussels, the only child of Charles the Bold. In 1477 her father died in battle and Mary inherited the very considerable duchy of Burgundy. She was courted by many princes, notably Charles, Dauphin of France, but she eventually married Archduke Maximillian of Austria. This brought the Low Countries, possessions of Burgundy, into Hapsburg rule - an act which led to two hundred years of rivalry between France and Austria which in turn ended in the War of the Spanish Succession in the early 1700s. Mary died after a fall form her horse at the age of 25. By that time she had borne three children, the eldest of which (Philip the Handsome) inherited the duchy of Burgundy. This woodcut...
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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