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Madame Vigée Le Brun On Mme Dugazon

In her memoirs, French painter Vigée Le Brun remembers actress and star of the Comédie Italienne, Louise-Rosalie Lefebvre, known as Madame Dugazon, thus: I now come to one whose entire dramatic career I have been able to follow – the best talent the Opéra-Comique had to show, Mme. Dugazon. Never has such reality been seen

Historical Reads: Nicole d’Oliva

Marie Antoinette’s Diamonds, a blog dedicated to the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, has an interesting post on Nicole D’Oliva, the prostitute who impersonated Marie Antoinette in the gardens of Versailles, tricking Cardinal Rohan into believing the Queen had forgiven him and really wanted his help in obtaining the famous diamond necklace: Finally, she met

Book Review: Paolina Bonaparte by Antonio Spinosa

Pauline Bonaparte is a very fascinating and controversial historical figure. Napoleon’s favourite sister was charming, clever, insatiable, wild, dissolute and had lots of lovers. But she was also very loyal to her brother. When Napoleon fell, all the siblings he had placed on the thrones of one European country or another abandoned him. It was

Book Review: Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs

Synopsis:Dr. Temperance Brennan, Quebec’s director of forensic anthropology, now returns in a thrilling new investigation into the secrets of the dead. In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it’s a chain of

Henry Austen

Henry Austen was his sister’s Jane favourite brother, her “especial pride and delight”*. He was also very helpful in furthering Jane’s career and is responsible for the publication of all her novels. Hadn’t it been for him, we may never had read her books. He was also his sister’s biographer: for more than 50 years

Amalasuntha, Queen Of The Ostrogoths

Amalasuntha, born around 495, was the only daughter of Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogoths, and his wife Audofleda. Amalasuntha was both beautiful and smart. She grew up in Ravenna, which was a political and cultural centre at the time, and received an extraordinary education. She spoke both Latin and Italian fluently, in addition

Historical Reads: Marie Antoinette’s dogs

Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide To The 18th Century has an interesting post about Marie Antoinette’s dogs. To quote:The little spaniel, known as Thisbe, was with the queen and her family when they were imprisoned in the Temple. When Louis XVI was guillotined, the pup stayed with the queen and her children, and still when the

Reading And Thinking

I was just reading the Child’s friend and youth’s magazine, when I came across this nice piece of advice which is very true and relevant today as well, and thought I’d share it: READING AND THINKING Always have a book or a paper within your reach, which you may catch up at your odd minutes.

Elizabeth I Goes On Royal Progress

In the summer, when London became really hot and insalubrious, the Queen with her court went on royal progress throughout the English countryside. In the 45 years in which she reigned, Elizabeth I travelled through the Midlands, the Sussex, Kent, East Anglia and the West Country, visiting hundreds of cities and villages and staying at